I was really excited when I first heard that David Fincher was going to bring The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo to life on the big screen. If anyone can adapt Stieg Larsson’s novel the way it's supposed to be adapted it's Fincher. Their have been several rumors recently surrounding who would take on the lead female role in the film, Lisbeth Salander, but the fact of the matter is the character has yet to be cast as does the lead male role in the story, Mikael Blomkvis.
According to The Wrap Fincher and Sony Pictures are going on a Global search to find the perfect actress to fill the shoes of Lisbeth Salander. Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal goes onto explain that Fincher's version of the story is going to be extremely faithful to the source material, and that it will be very rated 'R'. I don't see how you can adapt this book and have it not be rated 'R'. This story is insanely dark and violent.
Pascal also had this to say,
We’re doing the book. That’s why we hired David Fincher. We’re going to really do this, in all their glory. Otherwise why do it? They’re very R-rated movies. It’s the shock of what’s really going on underneath the surface of society. If you don’t actually make good on that, you haven’t told the story.
I've never really had any doubt that Fincher would drop the ball on this film. This is the kind of story were you have to take it all the why, and it seems like they people involved with making the movie have a solid understanding of that, which is a great thing.
I recently watched the Swedish version of the film which I thought was fantastic! But I'm still very excited to see how Fincher portrays the story. As much as I liked the original film, I can definitely see some room for improvement in how the story was told.
It was also revealed in the interview that Pascal expects Fincher to direct all three films from the trilogy of books. When asked about the chances of this actually happening Pascal said,
Yeah, I would like it. I’m hoping he will. And he’s hoping he will.
So if both parties are hoping to do it then what would be stopping them from moving forward? There's always a chance the movie will bomb at the box-office. That would keep the studio from making the other two films. I don't think that will happen with this though.
Sony is hoping to get this movie into production as soon as possible, and they're hoping the first film to be released next Christmas. After that they want to get the next two films out as quickly as possible.
I'm very much looking forward to seeing what Fincher and Sony have planned for this film. What do you all think?
Here's the official description of the book:
A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue.
It’s about the disappearance forty years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden . . . and about her octogenarian uncle, determined to know the truth about what he believes was her murder.
It’s about Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently at the wrong end of a libel case, hired to get to the bottom of Harriet’s disappearance . . . and about Lisbeth Salander, a twenty-four-year-old pierced and tattooed genius hacker possessed of the hard-earned wisdom of someone twice her age—and a terrifying capacity for ruthlessness to go with it—who assists Blomkvist with the investigation. This unlikely team discovers a vein of nearly unfathomable iniquity running through the Vanger family, astonishing corruption in the highest echelons of Swedish industrialism—and an unexpected connection between themselves.
It’s a contagiously exciting, stunningly intelligent novel about society at its most hidden, and about the intimate lives of a brilliantly realized cast of characters, all of them forced to face the darker aspects of their world and of their own lives.