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Girl with Dragon Tattoo: Will Fincher Cast Stewart? Or Unknown?

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 31, 2010 at 9:14AM

David Fincher's next directing gig will be Sony and producer Scott Rudin's English-language version of Stieg Larsson's global bestseller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Playlist confirms. The movie is on the fast track with Steve Zaillian writing.
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David Fincher's next directing gig will be Sony and producer Scott Rudin's English-language version of Stieg Larsson's global bestseller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Playlist confirms. The movie is on the fast track with Steve Zaillian writing.

Fincher's a great choice for the first Millenium picture. He'll make it visually sharp and tense and up-to-the-minute technologically; he'll make it fun. The question is, having discovered Kristen Stewart on Panic Room, will he cast her for his tough-girl hacker Lisbeth Salander? As we know, Stewart is a small, lean chameleon who can play both plain and gorgeous. And she's a global star. UPDATE: The Playlist hears that while the studio wants Carey Mulligan, Fincher wants an unknown. It's early days.

Meanwhile, Rudin is expected to move his deal from Disney/Miramax to Sony, where he enjoys a strong relationship with Amy Pascal. Like Miramax, Sony Pictures Classics can release Rudin's artier features. (They've never released a Rudin film.) Given that financeer National Geographic Films is not yet set to distribute Rudin's The Way Back, Peter Weir's 40s prisoner-of-war drama starring Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell, Ed Harris and Saoirse Ronan, I wonder if Rudin will steer it toward Sony.

Meanwhile Disney has pushed back its deadline again on Miramax bids. Neither Disney or MGM is getting the prices they want for their assets. And MGM's creditors are extending the debt forbearance, again:

MGM said today its lenders agreed to extend the forbearance period and therefore will not seek remedies in connection with the nonpayment of interest and principal due on the company’s bank debt, including the revolving credit facility, through May 14, 2010. The lenders took this action in support of the Company’s ongoing efforts to strengthen its financial position, and MGM appreciates their continued support throughout the process.

This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Headliners, Studios, Stuck In Love, David Fincher, Girl with Dragon Tattoo, Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics, Screenwriters


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.