According to Word & Film in an interview with the director of the original Swedish film The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Niels Arden Oplev felt a bit “annoyed” by the Hollywood’s approach to the remake. The remake is currently in production, starring Rooney Mara (The Social Network) as the genius hacker Lisbeth Salander (played by Noomi Rapace in the original) and Daniel Craig as the journalist Mikael Blomkvist, with David Fincher directing. Here is a snippet from the interview:
W&F: Have you been consulted or contacted by anyone involved with David Fincher’s English-language version of the film?
NAO: No. I know he’s seen my film but I don’t know anything besides that. 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 has captured this 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 LA I meet so many people who have seen my version of it.
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? You can hope that Fincher does a better job.
The full interview can be read here. The remake is set to be released next year, December 21st.