Sony’s reboot of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is now slated for a December 21, 2011 release, Variety is reporting. The Hollywood-version is a reboot of the popular Swedish film of the same name, and is based on the worldwide best-selling book by Stieg Larsson.
The second Swedish film, The Girl Who Played With Fire, is currently in theaters and is doing fairly brisk business even in the US.
Daniel Craig is in talks with the studio to play the role of Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative financial journalist who is hired by an aging business tycoon to pursue a 40 year old murder case. There’s no word yet who will play “The Girl”, but I agree with Variety’s assessment that Sony will choose an unknown. David Fincher is set to direct.
With the books being as good as they are, and the story being top notch, I’m glad to see Sony has chosen a December release date. That shows strong studio support as usually tentpoles are released during the holiday season. If they can ink Craig, I think we’re well on our way to an excellent reboot of a great story.
Fincher, for his part, has a very solid list of film credits to his name. He directed both Se7en and Fight Club, as well as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and most recently, The Social Network. Assuming Sony can find a great titular character and keep faithful to Larsson’s book, I’m very excited to see what December 2011 will bring!