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It’s been out less than a year, but the Swedish crime thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and its two sequels have already proven its box office mettle overseas. Predictably, an American version is now in the works, with none other than David Fincher “circling” the project to direct. Based on the novels by the late journalist Stieg Larsson, “Dragon Tattoo” centers around two main characters, an older male journalist and a young female computer hacker (the girl with the dragon tattoo of the title), who join forces to investigate an old murder, and in later novels, various crimes against women.
With or without Fincher, the remake will have Scott Rudin producing, while “Shindler’s List” writer Steve Zaillian will adapt the original novels (there are three in the series, all published posthumously after Larsson’s death). Oscar-nominated actress Carey Mulligan (“An Education”, the upcoming “Wall Street” sequel) is being courted to star as the socially awkward and male-abused leading female character.
The other two movies in the series are “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”. The films were shot back-to-back in 2009, with “Tattoo” being the first to arrive in the States in limited release. Take a look at some trailers and images from the Swedish original here.
If Fincher does sign on for the remake, it’ll have to be after he wraps up the Bobby Fischer chest movie “Pawn Sacrifice”. The film will chronicle American chess icon (and 9/11 apologist, as it turns out) Bobby Fischer as he prepares for his historic world championship match against Boris Spassky. Tobey Maguire is producing.