Stieg Larsson

The Movies

The girl with the dragon tattoo has been a major hit. It’s been said that the film has a projected earning of impressive $56 million.
Both Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, writer Steve Zaillian and director David Fincher are signed on to all three movies. Columbia studios has stated that the trilogy will be shot back to back.
Release date for the next film has only been set to 2013.

 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Director: David Fincher
Writer: Steve Zaillian
Producers: Scott Rudin, Ole Sondberg, Sören Staermos
Premiere Date: 12th Dec 2011 (London)
14th Dec 2011 (New York City)
Release Date: 20th Dec 2011 (USA, Canada)
21th Dec 2011 (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland)
Cast:
Rooney Mara Lisbeth Salander
Daniel Craig Mikael Blomkvist
Stellan Skarsgård Martin Vanger
Christopher Plummer Henrik Vanger
Robin Wright Erika Berger
Steven Berkoff Dirch Frode
Yorick van Wageningen Nils Bjurman
Joely Richardson Anita Vanger
Goran Visnjic Dragan Armansky
Tony Way Plague
 

Critics and reviews

Since the premiere of The girl with the dragon tattoo on December 12’th in London the reviews have been good. Rooney Mara (Lisbeth Salander) has been highly praised and has become one of Hollywoods most wanted.

Production timeline

Columbia will do a total re-write based on the books, rather than a translation of the original Swedish script. Steve Zaillian, the writer of the script for “Schindler’s list” is contracted as the writer of the script.
Director will be David Fincher, the man who gave us Fight Club, Se7en and Alien3.
The first movie, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is said to be released the 21’st December 2011 in USA, Canada and in Sweden
The movie had premiere on December 12 in London, American premiere on December 14’th in New York City.

History

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The three awarded Swedish language films in the Millenium-thrilogy have previously been released in Europe and in the U.S. They have altogether taken in more than $100 million worldwide. This has made the american film industry realize the economic potential in the project.
In February 2010, Columbia Pictures signed a deal with the Swedish production company Yellow Bird, which owns the cinematic rights to the three books, and Stieg Larsson’s father Erland Larsson and brother Joakim Larsson. Joakim Larsson commented the deal in a Swedish newspaper “We get to stay in control for most parts, which seems to be quite unusual in Hollywood. But it was important to us, we didn’t want this to turn into too much of a ‘business-thing’, we feared that he (Stieg Larsson) would be exploited”.

371 comments on “The Movies”

  • Frank Corner says:

    I have not seen any of the movies, but read, Dragon and fire. I am a prolific reader and over night Stieg became my favorite author. Too bad he did not have better genes. Very disappointed in Stieg. He should have lived to at least 100.

    - Frank Corner,


  • caesar says:

    The “made with money in USA” version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo looks great, as great as another 1001 Hollywood productions of chewing gum for eyes . In original Mikael Blomkvist is an honest comon man , Craig has played James Bond once again. Only Rooney Mara makes this film worth loosing two hours for watching..

    - caesar,


  • brian says:

    David Fincher enjoyed all the books and your first movie of book 1 but waiting patiently for the next 2 when are we going to see them ? brian australia

    - brian,


    • admin says:

      I agree. All of this fooling around for money is bad Karma for Craig. These stories are important for young women to see. He should suck it up and get off his ass.

      - DIMOJABE,


  • Cindy Garland says:

    I have watched both versions. When it came time to buy the extended version, I bought the Swedish version! Noomi Repace is phenomenal!

    - Cindy Garland,


  • HiloGreg says:

    The most complete version of the films is the extended

    Swedish versions that covers the entire 9 hour mini series. ‘Tattoo’, ‘Fire’ and ‘Hornets Nest’ are broken into 3 hour segments each with two 90 minute parts. In condensing the books the screenwriter and Director of Tattoo (Oplev) rewrote some of the plot of the book , while the director (Alfredson) and writers of the other two movies stayed closer to Larsons’s storyline. The original edited Swedish theatrical releases and the American version don’t come close to letting the storyline unfold as the long playing unedited extended releases do. In these Noomi Replace comes into her own. While I enjoyed the American version as well here Replace truly captures all of Slanders nuances from the books.

    - HiloGreg,


  • Terry T says:

    I have watched both the American and Swedish versions and loved both. Mara and Rapace are each excellent in their portrayals of Salander. The approach taken by each director is diferent but close to the books.

    - Terry T, 30 September 2013


  • Frankie moorhouse says:

    Saw the film first,on reading the book,Daniel Craig fits mikael blomkvist perfectly,can’t wait for next movie,hope they keep Daniel

    - Frankie moorhouse,


  • Steve says:

    Somewhere I saw a scene from one of the movies where Lisbeth walks across Mosebacke Torg with the statue of the Sisters in the background. Does anyone know which movie that was or was it an outtake?

    - Steve, 12 July 2013

    - Steve,


  • MelindaLu says:

    I also wish they would replace Daniel Craig. He wants $40 million for the second movie. I bet Michael Nyqvist would love to do it. I did not appreciate the screenplay, either. The only 2 good things about it were Rooney Mara and Christopher Plummer. I bet those who had a part in the original Swedish films would love to reprise their roles. If they don’t want the other two American versions to be laughing stocks, they need to dump Craig and stay closer to the book. It’s going to be tough to cast “The Blonde Giant” but if they can make Hobbits, they can so that. I loved both portrayals of Lisbeth… But the Fincher film needed a re-write.

    - MelindaLu,


    • DIMOJABE, says:

      On the other way, I think they’re both perfect.

      - Rocket Summers,


  • lp says:

    I wish they would replace Daniel Craig.I don’t think the two of them had much chemisty. Although from reading the other books, I guess it doesn’t matter so much. I just think there would be a better person out there to play the part of Mikael.

    - lp,


    • Rocket Summers, says:

      I’ve seen both they are both amazing but i believe the american one is better

      - what,


  • lp says:

    I wish they would replace Daniel Craig.I don’t think the two of them had much chemisty. Although from reading the other books, I guess it doesn’t matter so much. I just think there would be a better person out there to play the part of Mikael.

    - lp,


    • Rocket Summers, says:

      I prefer the Swedish version also. The “beautiful” faces of Daniel Craig and others is no added value – Swedish actors are more credible.Congratulations to the Swedish film artists & producers. The business figures also look much better (see in Wikipedia/ Mojo data).

      - Mihael G. Tomšic,


  • apg6815 says:

    Does anyone know the actress who played Martin Vanger’s girlfriend Eva and why she is not credited nor on any cast list???

    - apg6815,


  • apg6815 says:

    Does anyone know the actress who played Martin Vanger’s girlfriend Eva and why she is not credited nor on any cast list???

    - apg6815,


    • Rory, says:

      I am American. I love the Swedish version! So so much better! I don’t mind reading subtitles for 9 hrs in the extended Swedish version. Repace and Nyquist just blew me away with their performances!

      - Cindy Garland,


    • Rich, says:

      I am British and also thought the Swedish version did a better job of creating the visual story of the book. It captured the mood, whilst it also managed to project a more faithful version of the characters. The screenplay in the American version was in my view superficial; poorly representing the essence of the book.

      - SueTandT,


    • nicole, says:

      I hate the swedish version, cast is awfull and mood is diferent in the way I imagined the books.. I love the US cast. Thinks it’s perfect. But well, it’s just an opinion.

      - Rocket Summers,


    • dogbackwardisgod, says:

      I prefer the Swedish version also. The “beautiful” faces of Daniel Craig and others is no added value – Swedish actors are more credible.Congratulations to the Swedish film artists & producers. The business figures also look much better (see in Wikipedia/ Mojo data).

      - Mihael G. Tomšic,


  • maria-Trisha Nghikumwa says:

    the US version was kind of boring and not full of all real facts, i love the swedish version because it,s characters were just great and the version itself was just so brilliant…

    - maria-Trisha Nghikumwa,


    • Rocket Summers, says:

      I disagree with you. I think mood in the American movie is just perfect, and in Swedish let so much to be desired.

      - Rocket Summers,


    • Mihael G. Tomšic, says:

      Movie is fine! I hope the second so anxious!

      - Rocket Summers,


  • maria-Trisha Nghikumwa says:

    the US version was kind of boring and not full of all real facts, i love the swedish version because it,s characters were just great and the version itself was just so brilliant…

    - maria-Trisha Nghikumwa,


    • Rocket Summers, says:

      I disagree with you. I think mood in the American movie is just perfect, and in Swedish let so much to be desired.

      - Rocket Summers,


    • Mihael G. Tomšic, says:

      Movie is fine! I hope the second so anxious!

      - Rocket Summers,


    • DIMOJABE, says:

      typical American, 90% of americans never leave their own country so how would they know what’s good and what’s not.Mind you, they have made some classic Films, Rambo, Rocky1

      -20,etc Pure culture.

      - Winston Churchill,


    • Cindy Garland, says:

      hahahahah…joke right???

      - vila,


    • SueTandT, says:

      I watch more European films than N American and I thought the Swedish Milennium films were low grade low budget TV level stuff, not on a par with La Femme Nikita or La Cage aux Folles at all. Noomi Repace made them, end of story. The books are written with lightning, the best since Ellroy’s White Jazz, but touching upon deeper and more topical subjects. Therefore the films must be great too, and that’s why I’m willing to give Fincher and friends a chance.

      - Mike,


  • oljedi says:

    By exploited they mean not like how their conducting HIS business ? Both versions are good & both changed for editing purposes so get over it that’s movie biz !! Never as good as the books , so that said let Ms Gabrielsson write the 4th damn book !!

    - oljedi,


  • oljedi says:

    By exploited they mean not like how their conducting HIS business ? Both versions are good & both changed for editing purposes so get over it that’s movie biz !! Never as good as the books , so that said let Ms Gabrielsson write the 4th damn book !!

    - oljedi,


  • Caz Mac says:

    Rubbish! I thought the US version more true factually to the book, only changing the last detail about Anita and Harriet ( I guess due to the limitation of the film time and which also the Swedish film also did) The Swedish version was ok but it changed alot of the original facts. Did you actually read the book??

    - Caz Mac,


    • Rocket Summers, says:

      Two thumbs up for Cote de Pablo.

      - Bradford Mims,


    • Korrigan, says:

      I fooly agree with u.Larson would never agree to that.


  • Caz Mac says:

    PS. I only hope the next US film also stays true to the facts in the book!

    - Caz Mac,


    • Rocket Summers, says:

      I’ve read all the books, and you don’t make any sense to me. The atmosphere in the Swedish films is MUCH closer to the books than the American version could ever dream of.

      - Korrigan,


  • Caz Mac says:

    Rubbish! I thought the US version more true factually to the book, only changing the last detail about Anita and Harriet ( I guess due to the limitation of the film time and which also the Swedish film also did) The Swedish version was ok but it changed alot of the original facts. Did you actually read the book??

    - Caz Mac,


    • Rocket Summers, says:

      Casting. I am greatly disappointed at the casting of Monica Figuerola in the third film. She is supposed to be a physical presence to say the least and instead we get a theater actress of average size (5’6) and patrician looks. It would seem that a woman with a muscular physique can only be a cinematic freak or sight gag and never a serious intense capable woman with a career. I did not ofcourse expect a female bodybuilder to play the role butI was stunned to see this character played by a Swedish version of Juliet Stevenson.

      - Name/signature,


    • Korrigan, says:

      Yes, and they decided to leave out the fact, Vanger inc took the share in Millenium board, with both Vanger Senior and Martin as a chairman as some point and Harriet in the end..

      - Stekare!,


  • Caz Mac says:

    PS. I only hope the next US film also stays true to the facts in the book!

    - Caz Mac,


    • Rocket Summers, says:

      I’ve read all the books, and you don’t make any sense to me. The atmosphere in the Swedish films is MUCH closer to the books than the American version could ever dream of.

      - Korrigan,


  • Charlotte says:

    I loved the swedish version. Just great! The girl playing Lisbeth was JUST RIGHT! The US version was kind of boring and superficial to me. I didn’t get “caught” by it and Lisbeth was a “wrong” type.

    - Charlotte,


  • Charlotte says:

    I loved the swedish version. Just great! The girl playing Lisbeth was JUST RIGHT! The US version was kind of boring and superficial to me. I didn’t get “caught” by it and Lisbeth was a “wrong” type.

    - Charlotte,


  • Christy. says:

    I want to read the fourth one. :(

    - Christy.,


  • Christy. says:

    I want to read the fourth one. :(

    - Christy.,


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