Never let it be said that creating a feature film adaptation of a beloved novel series is an easy task. Harder still is tackling the source material when another beloved series of movie adaptations already exists, albeit in another language.
Such is the case with “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” director David Fincher’s currently-shooting adaptation of the late Stieg Larsson’s internationally successful crime novel. It’s the first installment of the Swedish-language Millennium Trilogy that’s already received a widely acclaimed adaptation from director Niels Arden Oplev. And yes, you read that correctly — despite the fact that “Dragon Tattoo” has been in production for many, many months already, the erstwhile “Social Network” director is still shooting.
“Fincher is shooting that movie for another six years,” joked co-star Robin Wright when we caught up with her at the “Conspirator” press junket last week. “He literally has 8,000 days to finish the movie. He’s still shooting. We’ve been shooting since September!”
Wright, who appears in the film as crusading journalist Mikhail Blomkvist’s (Daniel Craig) colleague and occasional lover Erika Berger, would certainly know: according to the actress, she still isn’t finished working on “Dragon Tattoo.” Given her relatively little face-time when compared to co-stars Craig and Rooney Mara (who stars as the punk hacker Lisbeth Salander), one can only imagine how much work is still ahead for the film’s leads.
If nothing else, though, Fincher’s continued work on “Dragon Tattoo” has afforded his actors the opportunity to perfect their Swedish. MTV’s Eric Ditzian asked Wright how her Swedish was coming along as she continued her performance as Erika, and she replied by showing rather than telling.
Don’t ask me to repeat Wright’s Swedish phrase, I don’t stand a chance. But the video above says it all. And as Eric rightly points out, she’s got a little bit of a Swedish Chef vibe to her dialect—an observation that had the “Conspirator” actress in stitches.
Are you excited about Fincher’s “Dragon Tattoo” adaptation, or are you staying loyal to the Swedish films? Tell us in the comments section and on Twitter!