David Fincher Interested in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo?
Just yesterday we brought you an optimistic update on the Heavy Metal anthology project that's being put together by David Fincher. In related Fincher news, Vulture is reporting that the director is "circling" The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo remake that's being developed by Scott Rudin at Columbia. Apparently the studio is "delighted" with all of the work Fincher has done on The Social Network, the Facebook movie that he was shooting most of late last year. So much so that they'd like to see him come back and direct this new project for them. Apparently they're also interested in getting Carey Mulligan attached to star as the lead.
We've heard quite a bit about The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo recently because it was big news late last year that this remake was coming and we featured the trailer a few weeks ago. I think Vulture describes the character Mulligan might play best: "Lisbeth Salander, the lead character with 'hair as short as a fuse' whose genius for computer hacking is matched only by her social awkwardness." Yep, that's just like her! Extra appeal is that this might become a franchise, since there are three novels in Stieg Larsson's series that this is based on. However, I can't really see someone like Fincher directing three franchise films, can you?
I'm not opposed to seeing Fincher work with Mulligan on a Swedish hacker mystery such as this, I just think they're doing it way too soon, too close to the original. This is something I'd rather wait to see Fincher make 10 years from now, so that his version can stand out and kick ass on its own. At this point, it feels like we're going to have to scold Fincher no matter what, even though he'll do a very good job. What do you think?