David Fincher is to direct the American remake of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" , the English translation of the original Swedish title "Men Who Hate Women". Production will commence in Stockholm and is tentatively slated for October. As yet there is no script. The film team will be Swedish, excluding Fincher and some of his people. San Francisco awaits the new film with baited breath, already a hit featured at the Balboa Theater.
There are three films in the Milennium series based on the novels written by the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson. Fincher is contracted to direct the first and possibly the other two films.
- Fincher's set designer has been in Stockholm for three weeks and now David Fincher is here. They are totally in awe of the city and think there are several good places for shooting the film, said film commissioner Ingrid Rudefors at Film Stockholm-Mälardalen Region.
Rudefors reported that Sweden doesn't offer any tax breaks to film production companies so only exterior scenes in Stockholm and a few indoor scenes will be shot in the country.
- Most of the film team will be employed in Sweden - David Fincher, his producer and set designer are the exceptions. Even the cinematographer will be Swedish, said Rudefors.
- David Fincher wants a European look for whole thing. A lot of films are appreciated in the US such as "Let the Right One In", commented Ingrid Rudefors.
The Swedish film commissioner will be working to convince the city of Stockholm to give their full cooperation to the project.
There are no actors on board yet, but Rudefors says big stars are being considered. Rumors are circulating that Brad Pitt, who has previously worked with David Fincher on "The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons" will play the investigative journalist Mikael Nyqvist. Who takes on the coveted role of Lisbeth Salander, a hacker that has been abused by her legal guardians since she was a child, remains to be seen. Women in such roles are often nominated for major awards. Rumors have it that Carry Mulligan, nominated actress for An Education is being considered.
Yellow Bird's Søren Stærmose, Swedish producer of the three Millennium films, reports that its not exactly clear if Stockholm will be the site of any production but the project looks good.