Dragon Tattoo director not happy with remake

Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev has revealed he’s extremely sceptical about David Fincher’s currently-shooting Hollywood remake.

No doubt miffed that so many great foreign films are being mashed through the remake machine, Oplev first defended his star Noomi Rapace.

“The Sony PR machine is trying to make their Lisbeth Salander the lead Lisbeth Salander,” he says. “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.”

The director then goes on to add that he’s noticed a little remake-phobia in Hollywood itself…

“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 [ The Assassin ]? You can hope that Fincher does a better job.”

Now, while Oplev makes a fair point, we’re still intrigued to see what Fincher will come up with for his Dragon Tattoo – even more so after the brilliant Social Network.

Fincher's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo opens on 26 December, 2011.

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