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It's been 10 years since Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze last collaborated, on the hugely beloved Adaptation, but the distinctive writer and director are gearing up to work together again, with Jonze planning to direct Kaufman's script this year
Mara “just committed” to join Effects, which was written by Soderbergh’s frequent collaborator Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Informant!). She’ll play Emily Hawkins, an unstable young woman addicted to prescription drugs who’s trying to cope with her husband’s recent release from prison. Without getting into too many spoilers (and the Deadline piece gives away more than it should, in my opinion), the film takes a violent turn, and could turn into a courtroom thriller
The studio will be moving forward on parts two and three of Larsson’s trilogy, with Tattoo screenwriter Steve Zaillian tacking adaptation duties. And that makes sense. While Tattoo can be viewed as a standalone story, there’s really no reason to start down this path of American versions of the popular stories if you aren’t going to finish the series.
It’s no surprise that David Fincher’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo film isn’t doing gangbusters at the box office. The hard-R film is frequently referred to as “that rape movie” which is enough to scare off a lot of viewers, and Fincher’s brand of gritty thriller doesn’t always appeal to the masses. Barely breaching the $60 million mark after two weeks in theaters, the obvious question becomes whether or not the second and third books in the series will find their way to the big screen and remain economically viable.
Guaranteed, this will be the creepiest thing you see online today. Two years ago, relative newcomer Noomi Rapace set the standard for playing Lisbeth Salander - the androgynous goth computer hacker who Stieg Larsson introduced in his best-selling Millennium trilogy - and few thought another actress could play her as effectively… until Rooney Mara reinvented the role for David Fincher’s American adaptation of the familiar material.
Jessica Biel is in “final negotiations” to join writer-director Francesca Gregorini's film, a heartwrenching story (on the surface, at least) about Emanuel (Scodelario), a teenager hired by her troubled neighbor to babysit her “daughter,” which turns out to be a doll. The teen goes along with the woman’s delusion, primarily because the neighbor closely resembles Emanuel’s deceased mom. Talk about a sticky wicket.
By all accounts every sacrifice paid off-- even the film's weaker reviews single Mara out, and though she says she's "shot myself in the leg" in finding equally worthwhile projects to do next, she's suddenly a very big deal when a year ago few people knew her name. I talked to Mara-- still with the black hair, though minus the many piercings
Craig, Mara and director David Fincher were on hand in New York this weekend to talk about the film, their efforts not to think too much about the original Swedish adaptations of the book, the various ways both actors suffered to play their characters, and why Daniel Craig wasn't allowed to ride on the back of Lisbeth Salander's motorcycle. As usual at a press conference
Rooney Mara is about one week away from becoming one of the biggest actresses on the planet. As both Katey and I noted in our reviews of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, her performance has Lisbeth Salander is flawless and powerful, as she controls every scene she is in. It's the work of a very mature artist and we can expect that she will have a long and successful career following the movie's release. That career, however, won't include a film titled Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes.
What's brilliant about the film is the way Fincher's attention to detail makes all of that more than just titillation or exploitation; even when you see Mara's Lisbeth Salander stripped naked, it's for a purpose and a clear explanation of her character. And yes, that includes the moment when you see Lisbeth Salander's pubic hair
Every year around Oscar season, the New York Times uses their amazing powers of old media and modern technology to convince a lot of very famous people to put on insane costumes, pose for elaborate photographs and videos, and put them online. This year the theme of their big spread is "Touch of Evil"
By now you're probably very familiar with the image of Lisbeth Salander, the leather-wearing, pierced hacker who finds herself striking up an unlikely friendship with Blomkvist, a journalist assigned by a wealthy industrialist (Christopher Plummer) to investigate the murder of his niece Harriet 40 years earlier
I, personally, am looking forward to seeing and hearing Fincher’s own thoughts on his actress’s transformation in eventual behind-the-scenes featurettes that will come out with his Dragon Tattoo once its reaches home video. There’s plenty of material for Fincher and Mara to lean on – from the original novel to the Swedish film – and I’d like to know what they wanted to embrace (and what they chose to avoid) when building their version of the character.
And who, according to Deadline, might join Clarke? While I’m not ready to count out Edgerton (who’d be ideal for a role based on his look alone), Bigelow reportedly is eyeing Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Rooney Mara and Edgerton’s Warrior co-star Tom Hardy for the film. That’s a mighty impressive wish list, though the site admits that scheduling could be an issue for a number of those castmembers.
The Korean revenge flick by Park Chan-wook has become a cult classic over the years, so it's no surprise that Hollywood wants to wring the life out of it as a remake. If it has to be remade, Lee is almost certainly a better fit than Spielberg and, God help us, Will Smith. The casting has also been pretty solid so far, suggesting that if the remake fails or flounders, it won't be for lack of talent on hand. It won't, however, be in the company of Rooney Mara.
Read the whole article and I promise you won't be thinking about whether or not Scarlett Johansson would have been good in it. Months before the movie comes out, Rooney Mara is already feeling like the crucial heart of Dragon Tattoo. As Fincher told the Vogue reporter, "Oh, man. She’s a weirdo. She’s a great weirdo.”
Based on the first book in Stieg Larsson's worldwide best-selling trilogy, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo centers on a disgraced journalist (Craig) who is hired by a wealthy industrialist (Christopher Plummer) to solve a forty year old murder. Enlisting the help of a young anti-social hacker (Mara), the journalist begins to investigate the crime and discovers some truly horrifying secrets.
Based on the first book in Stieg Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy" and adapted by Academy Award winner Steven Zaillian, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo stars Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, and Robin Wright. The plot centers on a disgraced journalist named Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) who is hired by a wealthy industrialist to solve a 40 -year-old murder.
Come late December you can expect Rooney Mara to skyrocket into the A-list. While it was big enough news last year when it was announced that she would be playing Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's English-language remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, all signs are pointing to her becoming a must-have name when the movie comes out at the end of the year.
It is, of course, just one of the many striking images at Mouth Taped Shut-- I especially like this one of the camera framing a subway escalator. Again, it's hard to know how any of these images might show up again in the movie's marketing campaign, but in the meantime, it's a pleasure just to have these gorgeous images appearing online once in a while.
Long time friends Tatiana von Furstenberg and Francesca Gregorini both studied film at Brown University and then went on to make short films with the help of friends and family. Appropriately, the duo opted to take the plunge and go for their first feature with something that was near and dear to their hearts, a piece that not only somewhat represented their own experiences, but something they hope young women can related to as well, Tanner Hall
It’d be the understatement of the century to say that I’m looking forward to David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. There’s already a great Swedish adaptation available on Netflix (seriously, watch it), but the idea of Fincher behind this film and his probable involvement in the sequels has me giddy with anticipation
Based on Stieg Larsson's international best-seller, the new film stars Daniel Craig as disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist who is hired by an aging industrialist (Christopher Plummer) to come to an isolated estate to solve a 40 year old crime. Enlisting the help of a young, goth hacker named Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), Blomkvist manages to uncover a dark family secret.
The background story behind the film seems a lot more interesting than the movie itself, which seems like a rote coming-of-age story lifted from every other boarding school drama and maybe an episode of The Facts of Life. Mara, the product of a family tree that includes the owners of both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants
The hype machine for David Fincher’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo adaptation hasn’t reached high gear yet, but it’s starting to hum now that we’re getting closer to the film’s Dec. 21 release date. A new shot of Rooney Mara as Goth computer hacker Lisbeth Salander has emerged as part of EW’s upcoming Fall Movie Preview (on stands Aug. 12).