When word hit that Hollywood was gearing up to remake 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' before the series even finished hitting U.S. soil, the news was rife with apprehension. Why remake it so soon, in this growing trend that also brought us 'Let Me In' a mere blink after 'Let the Right One In'? Then the news became more complicated when David Fincher signed on to helm it. Apprehension mixed with a curiosity as audiences wondered how he would handle the material.

One person we haven't heard much from in this remake whirlwind is original director Niels Arden Oplev. But now he's given his two cents on the issue, and he isn't very happy with the current remake trajectory.
While talking to Word and Film, Oplex was asked about the new film, and he replied:

"I know he's [Fincher] seen my film but I don't know anything besides that. The only thing that's annoying to me is that the Sony PR machine is trying to make their Lisbeth Salander the lead Lisbeth Salander. 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. I hope she gets nominated for an Oscar. I know a lot of Academy members have seen the film and liked it because every time I go to LA I meet so many people who have seen my version of it. 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? You can hope that Fincher does a better job."

His sentiments are understandable -- many of us have wondered the same things, and many have even hoped that Noomi Rapace would reprise the role if an American remake happened. However, can he blame Sony's PR for trying to drum up interest in Rooney Mara? That's precisely what they need to do to make their film succeed, especially when everyone is so Rapace-centric. It's an issue that speaks more to the huge trouble with remaking a film so close to the original fare, when said series does have a Stateside presence.

Nevertheless, it still seems too soon, and too pointless being a straight adaptation still set in Sweden. Maybe it'll bomb in a fiery sea of crappy, fake Swedish accents and Oplev's Lisbeth will be safe.

What do you think? Have you warmed to the idea of a U.S. remake, or must Hollywood be stopped?
categories Movies, Cinematical