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.