And he's not to happy with it, to say the least.
Niels Arden Oplev directed the original film version of the book The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and has come forward to share his extreme skepticism about David Fincher and his American remake of the film. Niels specifically gets indignant when talking about how the Hollywood machine will bring a new Girl to the forefront who will overshadow his own, Noomi Rapace, who he has nothing but high praise for. Niels explained:
"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. 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. 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 LA I meet so many people who have seen my version of it. 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? You can hope that Fincher does a better job."
Um, we think you are reaching quite a bit sir, as well ignoring the big picture.
True, your version maybe the preferred adaptation of the book, but not as many people have seen it as you think. Hell, more people have see Big Momma's House 2 than your movie!
We're not trying to put it down, but we are trying to prove a point. American audiences will want to see the film for the American take. If they enjoy it, it opens up a wider berth to revisit the novel and yes, gasp, even your movie. This remake can only be a good thing for you. It'll give you the kind of exposure you didn't have before.
So be thankful for that…and stop whining!