Dragon Tattoo director not happy with remake

Blasts David Fincher’s re-do

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev has revealed he’s extremely sceptical about David Fincher’s currently-shooting Hollywood remake.

No doubt miffed that so many great foreign films are being mashed through the remake machine, Oplev first defended his star Noomi Rapace.

“The Sony PR machine is trying to make their Lisbeth Salander the lead Lisbeth Salander,” he says. “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.”

The director then goes on to add that he’s noticed a little remake-phobia in Hollywood itself…

“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 [The Assassin]? You can hope that Fincher does a better job.”

Now, while Oplev makes a fair point, we’re still intrigued to see what Fincher will come up with for his Dragon Tattoo – even more so after the brilliant Social Network.

Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo opens on 26 December, 2011.

Agree with Oplev? Talk to us below...


    • theframe

      Nov 9th 2010, 12:24

      i can't see rooney mara being anywhere as good as noomi, however the rest of the cast i like so far and fincher will probably nail it. it has to be as brutal as the original though..

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    • agentblackacid

      Nov 9th 2010, 19:20

      I watched this film over the weekend. Whilst i am all for foreign cinema I didn't think that it was as great as it's made out to be and that's because (aside from certain nuances) it's a generic 'who done it' story that has been told over and over again. What made the film interesting was the actors, they all did a great job however the direction was good but not outstanding and David Fincher is a master of dark material, as proved with with Se7en and I think he could make an even better job of the source material. That said, this remaking of foreign films strikes me as ignorant at best and potentially xenophobic at worst.

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    • Zbrushed

      Nov 10th 2010, 5:06

      Ill say it. I don't want to watch a movie with subtitles. The experience is not the same; and I am not going to go learn every single language. So if a story is good I would like to see an English version of it; and if Fincher is directing it all the better.

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    • Taargus

      Nov 10th 2010, 5:20

      That guy should chill out; there is little difference between remaking a movie and adapting a book. You could make any of the directors' arguments for comparing his films to the books... Also, why not make the movie? Worst case scenario, Fincer doesn't do his best and a mediocre movie is remade. So what?

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    • Fernanda

      Jun 1st 2011, 12:35

      why a remake? can't people read?

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