David Fincher Talks Oscar Chances For ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’

(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)

Director of upcoming thriller adaptation, The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo, recently got together with Total Film to discuss the film’s Oscar chances, but does David Fincher even think it has a chance?

When asked how he fancied his chances with TGWTDT, he said, “It’s not really that kind of movie. Although I guess Brokeback Mountain had its share of sodomy…”

“Have you read the script?” he continued, “I can’t imagine anyone in their right mind saying ‘Phew! Real Oscar bait!’”

Then again, he’s not exactly deferential when it comes to awards: “The reason awards season was created was to sell movies. It really is not about ‘What shall we put in the vault?’ It’s a promotional, publicity angle.”

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is based on a trilogy of novels written by Stieg Larsson, which were first adapted into Swedish by Niels Arden Oplev.

Fincher’s first contact with the story came via producer Scott Rudin who contacted him to say he had acquired the rights, and that Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List) would be writing a script. Rudin told Fincher to read the book, but he didn’t: “I waited until Steve had a script. I was fascinated that something that was so pervy had found its way into mass consciousness.”

The Swedish version definitely had its fair share of ugliness. I look forward to seeing how Fincher deals with these scenes, seen as though it was something he first picked up about t script. He says, “It’s tough. I didn’t choose to make this movie because it had a lot of ugliness in it, but it didn’t dissuade me in the slightest.”

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is set to be released on 26th December, 2011 and stars Daniel Craig as Journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as young, gothic computer-hacker Lisbeth Salander.

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