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David Fincher & Rooney Mara May Reunite on 'Red Sparrow' Thriller

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June 9, 2014
Source: Deadline

David Fincher / Red Sparrow

After teaming for a gritty adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, it was hoped that director David Fincher and star Rooney Mara would reteam for the two sequels in the book series that inspired the American film adaptation. However, Sony Pictures doesn't seem to be in a hurry to get those films made. In the meantime, 20th Century Fox might be able to get the filmmaker and actress back together as Deadline reports Fincher and Mara are circling an adaptation of Red Sparrow. Darren Aronofsky once expressed interest in the film, but it seems he's fallen away. Now the studio already has a writer in talks to get to work.

First, here's the synopsis of the espionage thriller:

In present-day Russia, ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Ordered against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a young CIA officer who handles the Agency’s most important Russian mole.

As the action careens between Russia, Finland, Greece, Italy, and the United States, Dominika and Nate soon collide in a duel of wills, tradecraft, and—inevitably—forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but those of others as well. As secret allegiances are made and broken, Dominika and Nate’s game reaches a deadly crossroads. Soon one of them begins a dangerous double existence in a life-and-death operation that consumes intelligence agencies from Moscow to Washington, DC.

American Hustle scribe Eric Warren Singer is currently being lined up to adapt the book written by Jason Matthews with Chernin Entertainment producing along with Steve Zailian and his Film Rites banner. It's pretty early to call this a done deal because Singer still has to write the script, but with interest from Fincher and Mara, Fox definitely wants to move quickly to see if they can get this project together. Of course, Fincher is notoriously picky about his projects, most recently turning down a film written by his The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin about Apple founder Steve Jobs. It'd be nice to see Fincher reteam with Mara for another thriller, but who knows if it will actually happen.

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  • xShineyxDiverx
    I will weep of happiness if this happens.
  • Xerxexx
    I like it.
  • Dominic
    it's too bad the American version of TGWTDT got panned . i saw its faults but I liked it for what it was . I though Rooney was actually better than Noomi in replicating the character from the book , even if it was achieved with more rings thru her face than Noomi had , and more of a childlike innoncence . Which set her up for being betrayed by Craig ... I would like to see how those two , Mara and Craig , would play out Movie 2 differently than Rapace and Nyquist .. Or see Rooney in the mohawk in the courtroom , of Movie 3
    • Xerxexx
      Agreed. Fincher's take was a great ride.
    • Greg dinskisk
      It wasn't exactly panned, but...
    • Wafffles
      It was panned? At worst, reviewers suggested that it might be an inferior remake, or that it was promising but ultimately fell short because the "grittiness" became overbearing and cartoonish. At best, fans and critics considered it one of the best films of the year. Either way, that's far from being "panned".
      • Dominic
        no it was panned as a glitzy and rushed version of a solid story . A movie that was "Americanized" by Hollywood , SUPPOSEDLY because an American audience won't be entertained by just the detective story of the Swiss original series . . so not so much overbearing or cartoonish , but Glammed Up too much ( everyone is very pretty , whereas the Swiss series has very ordinary-looking Swiss citizens . Craig is LightYears different from Nyquist , for ex. ). The only thing cartoonish could have been the rings in Lisbeth's face , BUT that's actually how she was written . Noomi just didn't accessorize her face like that until movie 3 .. even the most outrageous scenes - the rape and her revenge tattooing - were actually pretty faithful to the book , and not much different from how they were shot in the Swiss version .... also Noomi is very mature and strong as Lisbeth , whereas Rooney played her more childlike and vulnerable . Lisbeth kept Mikael at arms' length and blows him off in the end of movie 1 , while Fincher had Lisbeth start to fall in love , and then feel cruelly rejected by Mikael blowing her off - another difference supposedly just to appeal to American audiences I like Both versions , which is why i wanted to see how Fincher/ Craig and Mara would represent movie 2 . But yeah Fincher glamming up things and changing character narratives is why some hate the American version .. what your fans think doesn't matter as much as what your haters can savage about your product , these days . If it was widely considered one of the best movies of the year , they wouldn't be having problems getting movie 2 off the ground .. I saw very few positve reviews the week it came out . which I attributed to those who hadn't read Larsen's books or seen much of the Swiss version . People didn't know the parts of the story Fincher left out , so they just saw a seemingly incomplete narrative
        • Avi
          Maybe you are right but finchers remake didn't bring more than the original and that's the problem! And allot of people did already see the original... It's finchers worst movie to date but it always better than the most average movie...
          • Dominic
            It's better than most because the source material is too good to F up .. but yes Fincher streamlined the story even compared to the original version , much less the extended version . Again because Hollywood Thinks ( hopefully Thought ) that Americans wouldn't stay in a theatre for more than 2 hours . If you Google TGWTDT , one of the 1st links is a Screen Rant story , noting how the directors and producer of the Swiss original panned the "American " version .. they should have just had the guts to show the original in American theatres , since it was already successful everywhere else in the world .. could have made Noomi a bigger star here
          • Bo
            I agree with your assessment...in that Fincher's remake didn't bring more than the original and that was indeed the problem. Also, the original was so well done in all aspects from the photography, production design, editing, etc. Just really impossible to do better as it was such a well done film. It also looked much better to me as it was shot on film and Fincher's was digital which in the case of this movie I just did not like. Both are good films as it's such a good story with such a great female character, but in the end I'll go with the original Swiss version!
          • Avi
            I think so to! The end is better from the original...
          • Bo
            Yes, the ending from the original is much better. Can't figure out why Fincher and his writer wanted to change it like that and drop the whole Austraila venue. She got as far away as she could from the horror. That was the point. Dumb choice and it hurt his film. Good to be in agreement with you here as that's a rare experience for me on this site...lol...take care.
        • Bo
          Well stated and written. I like the original very much and it would have been almost impossible to make a better film. I'm talking about the first story only. Although I liked the other two films, they were done by a different director and for TV. I would have liked to see Fincher and Rooney do the other two as I like the whole thing and read all the books. I doubt it'll ever happen. I liked both actresses take on the character of Lisbeth and would be hard pressed to select which I liked best. I did not, however, like the ending of Fincher's version as you mentioned with Lisbeth, etc. It also differed in that he didn't go to Australia to find the female character. I thought that whole scene/sequence with the old guy in the wheelchair and the girl/grown woman meeting up in the hall way a bit smultzy and sentimental. I would probably say I liked the original Swiss version better than Fincher's if push came to shove. Having said that, and having read Red Sparrow I think Fincher and Mara pairing for this could make for a pretty good film as I liked the book. Hopefully, they would cast a strong actor to play opposite Mara as he's interesting and pivotal in the book.
          • Dominic
            I have the DVDs of the extended version , for all 3 movies . I think , like most trilogies , movie 2 is the best ..3 tends to be a LITTLE anticlimatic , as the trickle of info about the Nazis/the frame-up of Lisbeth finally becomes the damning flood we already know as to Lisbeth , Noomi plays her with facial expressions , dark moods , and furtive glances . And actually wasn't the director's choice . he revealed on Charlie Rose , that she had to have a private meeting with him , where she convinced him she could be "dark " . Cause he felt Noomi was so beautiful .... Rooney put more jewelry in her face , and changed her look pretty radically . When you see her change into a businesswoman costume ,in order to fleece Wennerstrom , she looks like a different woman ... I think Rooney actually played her closer to the book , minus the falling in love/feeling betrayed with Mikael - prefer Noomi's standoffishness there . Fincher insultingly saw that as too Euro for an US audience ...
  • DavideCoppola
    Big Rooney Mara fan, I liked her in the remake I think this is a good pairing.
  • DAVIDPD
    Really like what I am hearing. This sounds great.
  • Bo
    I have read the book, Red Sparrow, and it's very good. Rooney Mara is a very interesting actress and I would think perfect for this role. Good director and now they've got to adapt it well and cast another interesting and talented actor to play the guy, Nash, which is also a really good part. If they get it right, and why wouldn't they with Fincher involved, this would be a very good film.

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