The Playlist is reporting that the news from a few weeks ago that said David Fincher will direct Pawn Sacrifice is not true. Instead, they’ve confirmed the rumors that he’ll take the director’s chair for Sony’s English-language adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
The film is based on Stieg Larsson’s best-selling series of novels known as “The Millennium Trilogy.” The first book describes the mystery surrounding the long-unsolved disappearance of an heiress. A journalist recently dinged by a libel case and a young female hacker try to resolve it, stirring up bundles of personal and industrial corruption along the way.
Steve Zaillian (American Gangster, Schindler’s List) adapted the script. Scott Rudin is producing and the film is expected to start in September or October.
Fincher reportedly is looking for an unknown to play the female lead.
A Swedish-language adaptation of the first book was released Stateside a couple of weeks ago and has earned $86.7 million worldwide already. We recently talked to that film’s director Niels Arden Oplev and star Noomi Rapace, an interview you can read here. Rapace also stars in the two sequels, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, which have not been released here yet.