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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 27, 2010 at 1:20 PM

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” comes to the screen — twice

On my favorite topic of books-turned-movies, I noted this week that the Swedish box-office hit “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” based on the popular novel by Stieg Larsson, won several awards at the Swedish equivalent of the Oscars, including best picture and best actress (newcomer Noomi Rapace). That film will arrive in Seattle in March, for a limited arthouse release. And a Hollywood remake is in the works, with Sony Pictures developing an American version of the film (and, eventually, films of the other two books in Larsson’s trilogy, “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest). Steven Zaillian (“Schindler’s List”) has been in talks to write the screenplay, though an official announcement has not yet been made. You wonder, of course, why an American version is necessary if there’s already a presumably good foreign-language version, but I suppose the combination of a bestselling novel and the widespread belief that Americans Won’t Go To Movies With Subtitles proved impossible for studio execs to resist.
So, has anyone read Larsson’s book(s)? I’ll be reading “Dragon Tattoo” before March (a few more books are on my list ahead of it, though), and I’m looking forward to it — I hear the books are addictively good. Let’s hope the movie(s) are the same.

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