Niels Arden Oplev Doesn’t Appreciate David Fincher’s Remake of his Dragon Tattoo

Niels Arden Oplev, who directed the original Swedish “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (based on the trilogy of novels by Stieg Larsson), has some choice words for one Mr. David Fincher, the Hollywood director currently remaking “Dragon Tattoo” for domestic consumption. In a word: he ain’t happy. (Or three words.)

Even in Hollywood there seems to be a kind of anger about the remake, like, ‘Why would they remake something when they can just go see the original?’ Everybody who loves film will go see the original one. It’s like, what do you want to see, the French version of La Femme Nikita or the American one [Point of No Return]? You can hope that Fincher does a better job.

Oplev also seems to be taking offense not just to the whole idea of remaking “Tattoo”, but sounds especially pissed off on behalf of “Tattoo’s” original star, Noomi Rapace.

The only thing that’s annoying to me is that the Sony PR machine is trying to make their Lisbeth Salander the lead Lisbeth Salander. That’s highly unfair because Noomi [Rapace] has captured the part and it should always be all her. That’s her legacy in a way I can’t see anyone competing with. I hope she gets nominated for an Oscar. I know a lot of Academy members have seen the film and liked it because every time I go to L.A. I meet so many people who have seen my version of it.

The curious thing is, even before casting began, Noomi Rapace has said repeatedly that she has no interest in reprising the role in the Hollywood version, so she probably could care less about the “Sony PR machine” trying to sell Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander. That part of Oplev’s argument, I think, is mostly a cover for his own issues with the remake.

Personally, I think Oplev should be pissed off by just the sheer gratuitous nature of the remake. David Fincher and Sony are essentially remaking the movie piece by piece, with their version still set in Sweden. The only thing they seem to have changed is the actors and made everyone speak English. Bloody hell, they aren’t even trying to justify this remake other than doing it all over again in English. Lazy asses.

The remake, starring Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, is due out in 2011. If you are interested in seeing the Swedish originals, you can find them pretty much anywhere.



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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Where’s all this hate for “Let me In,” and “The Grudge,” and such? I mean those were pretty much the same as well and yet no one flipped out, they praised them.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      The thing is, at least those remakes took the effort to transplant the story into a new setting. This one? Not so much.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        The Grudge remake was still set in Japan. The sequel which sucked was just all over the place. But the remake was very much still set in the original setting.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

          You’re right about “The Grudge”. I was probably thinking about “The Ring”. But even with “The Grudge” remake, didn’t they still did something new with it? New characters, a different storyline, etc. As far as I can tell with the Fincher remake of “Dragon Tattoo”, they’re just duplicating the original, but in English. I guess I just expected more from Fincher. This just seems so LAZY.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

            I don’t know. Sometimes making changes can seriously mess things up. I mean “Let me In” sticks to the same story because the story was so good, and just Americanizes the characters. I think if anything staying true to the original film is a compliment. Robert Rodriguez said on “Predators” that he and Nimrod Antal would approach things completely different had he been working on the film as director. I imagine Fincher’s version will have his style oozing all over it so it won’t be exactly like the original. Plus if the author of the book is behind it then to me that’s all that really matters, because the original film is still just another adaptation. As long as it’s not shot for shot, like the “Psycho” remake, then I’m good. Love how you put that Nomi Rapace said she didn’t want to do the part again. I think that the director’s just mad that with all the Hollywood buzz, his movies are being overshadowed. He should be happy, if it wasn’t FOR his movie the Hollywood version wouldn’t exist. That’s a high mark.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

            The original was very visually stylish as well. Give it a go if you missed it.

          • Dashrendar44

            “Plus if the author of the book is behind it then to me that’s all that really matters, because the original film is still just another adaptation. ”

            Millenium’s author is dead, FYI.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    @Nix. i don’t doubt it. My friend is one of the harshest critics I know and he loved the first film, thought the second was ok. And is gonna see the third soon. I was just saying that with Fincher’s style applied it may surprise you just how different the film turns out. That’s of course speculation.

  • Jahsoldier

    “Oplev (top left, with Rapace) also seems to be taking offense not just to the whole idea of remaking “Tattoo”, but sounds especially pissed off on behalf of “Tattoo’s” original star, Noomi Rapace.”

    That is not Oplev. The picture is of Mikael Blomkvist and Noomi.

  • TipsyDave

    That would be as bad as remaking The Maltese Falcon with another actor instead of Ricardo Cortez starring as Sam Spade.