A Minute With: David Fincher on his "Dragon Tattoo"

Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:47pm EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Last year's holiday movie season seemed to belong to filmmaker David Fincher. His "The Social Network" struck the zeitgeist among movie goers, critics and awards groups.

Twenty-five days after Fincher completed "Network," the director found himself in Sweden, shooting "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

It's the English language adaptation of Swedish author Steig Larsson's first installment of his popular Millennium thriller series, with tales of avenging sexual violence against women.

Fincher's version stars Rooney Mara as a young computer hacker helping a journalist (Daniel Craig) crack a case of a missing woman. The film comes out in theaters December 21, but is already the subject of huge interest among fans.

Fincher spoke to Reuters about the film, the Swedish franchise and why he feels he'll be sitting out Hollywood's awards season this year.

Q: How is your version different from the Swedish film?

A: "I wholly respect what's been done in advance of our beginning. But I also think that we brought it a different sensibility to it, a different telling. We're doing parts of the story that were cut for length or budget in the past. There is a lot of back story and some of that stuff is channeled elsewhere in the Swedish version."

Q: Do you feel pressure to live up to fans' expectations?   Continued...