Thursday, June 02, 2011

Books to Film: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo American Style

That didn’t take long. The American version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the first Stieg Larsson thriller, is coming this Christmas. A newly released rocking, in-your-face trailer now online proves it.

David Fincher, who worked miracles last year with The Social Network, has produced this film very quickly. It seems like just yesterday he was announced as director, with Rooney Mara as the title character and Daniel Craig as Blomqvist. You might remember Mara as the girl done wrong by Mark Zuckerberg in the opening scene of The Social Network. Nice work, Rooney, turning a small part in one film to the girl everyone wants to see in the next.

Fincher is pulling all the stops, and he needs to. He's following a very tough act: the Swedish film adaptation of this book was very, very good. Fincher has the chops, though, and some of his previous runs at gritty, off-beat stories have been groundbreaking. Seven, Panic Room, and Fight Club have all sported Fincher’s signature edgy style. A score by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor—who won an Oscar for his Social Network score—should add a gritty, contemporary ambiance to the film. With just six months until opening day, the publicity machine is already working overtime. One can barely turn around without encountering Mara -- generally with seemingly constantly fewer clothes.

Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo opens December 21st. I’ll see you in line.

Check out the trailer here.



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