Dragon Tattoo director disses Fincher’s remake

Do you get annoyed when you hear Hollywood is remaking one of your favourite foreign films? Spare a thought for Niels Arden Oplev – director of the hit Swedish mystery The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – who is about to see his own film get the tinsel-town treatment.

We’ve been following David Fincher’s English-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s bestselling novel with great interest, particularly the casting of Rooney Mara as cyberpunk heroine Lisbeth Salander.

In an interview with Word and Film, Oplev revealed he isn’t too pleased with the idea of the original Lisbeth (Noomi Rapace) being replaced.

“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.” 

Oplev continues by questioning the remake’s very existence:

“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?'” 

He then offers a few words of luck to the team behind the American remake:

“You can hope that Fincher does a better job.” 

Well, alright then!

Discuss: I personally think Oplev’s TGWTDT is subpar; a mystery thriller that is neither mysterious nor thrilling. Noomi Rapace is indeed great, but Lisbeth Salander – at least in the film – is such a nothing character. Who is she? What’s driving her? What does she want? None of those questions are even remotely addressed. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing Fincher and Mara fill in the gaps.

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