As I said in my review of “Män som hatar kvinnor” (the Swedish-language, English-subtitled film adaptation of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO), I wondered how Hollywood filmmakers might (mis?)handle aspects of Larsson's story, given the chance. Well, as has been long-rumoured, it appears that such as US remake will come to fruition, with heavyweight Hollywood studio Sony Pictures is close to securing a deal for the English-language rights.
As reported in film trade publication Variety this week, Sony Pictures has "optioned the English-language screen rights to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” the first of three titles in the Millennium Series of crime thriller novels by late Swedish journalist-activist Stieg Larsson." Although the deal hasn’t quite closed yet; it’s been gestating for six months because of a rights dispute between Larsson’s parents and his longtime partner, Eva Gabrielsson.
The good news? Swedish producers Yellow Bird Films, who have created the three Swedish-language versions, are working with Sony on the project. Oscar-winning screenwriter Steve Zaillian (Schindler's List, Gangs of New York, American Gangster) is in talks to write the script, and reportedly Oscar-winner Scott Rudin (The Truman Show, No Country for Old Men, Doubt, Revolutionary Road) will produce with Ole Sondberg and Soren Staermose of Yellow Bird Films. So there's some serious 'dramatic film' clout there.
The not-so-good news? Anita Singh in The Telegraph reports that Kristen Stewart of tween hit Twilight, has been linked to the role of Lisbeth Salander. Yikes. It may just be that any dark-featured young Hollywood actress on the rise will be mentioned as a possibility - but at least to me I wouldn't think that using such a 'teen icon' in the role would work very well. Maybe for initial sales and box office, but not so much in terms of creating a great film. Ah, the eternal tension between art and commerce at the cinema eh? I would also like to think there are better young actresses available, in terms of evoking such a complex character.
What are your thoughts on a US remake? If it goes ahead, who would you like to see in the main roles, in terms of US actors? Thoughts and comments most welcome.