Director David Fincher’s upcoming sure-to-be-hit remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is not holding over well with Niels Arden Oplev, the Swedish original’s director.
The problem? Oplev’s worried that Rooney Mara will steal the shine from the original star actress Noomi Rapace, and all the Oscars along with it. “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,” Oplev told the website Word & Film. “That’s highly unfair because Noomi [Rapace] has captured the 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 L.A. I meet so many people who have seen my version of it.”
Oplev is also pointing out that in her opinion, a remake makes no sense, saying: “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 [Point of No Return]? You can hope that Fincher does a better job.”
The American remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is due out December 2011.
Fans, is Hollywood taking it too far with all the remakes these days? Or will the films originally shot in a different language [for example: Let Me In], fair a much better shot at bigger fanbases and more recognition if they gain an American remake? Weigh in!