Fincher Gets Tattooed: Just now being released stateside is the Swedish adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s internationally best-selling novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but it won’t be long before Columbia Pictures gets the American version into theaters and it appears David Fincher will indeed be the man to do just that as a report from The Playlist cites an anonymous source saying Fincher will not only direct Dragon Tattoo, but was also only serving as an adviser on Pawn Sacrifice, the Bobby Fischer biopic he was said to be directing after the release of The Social Network, both also at Columbia.
The report goes on to say production will begin in September shooting from Steve Zaillan’s script. Rumors have Carey Mulligan playing Lisbeth Salander, though Mulligan denies ever being asked. Good thing if you ask me, she doesn’t fit the role in my eyes. Based on seeing the Niels Arden Oplev-directed first film, I would rather see someone like Ellen Page or Alison Lohman in the role. Even better, though, would be an unknown and certainly not Anne Thompson’s attempt to drum up added attention by suggesting Fincher’s one time Panic Room child star Kristen Stewart. No more bad ideas Anne, speculation or otherwise. [The Playlist]
Greengrass Remaking Fantastic Voyage: Paul Greengrass has passed on directing a fourth Jason Bourne film, and is now said to be interested in directing a remake of Fox’s 1966 sci-fi thriller Fantastic Voyage. The new film will abandon the Cold War ties the original had, but is said to still hew closely to its story revolving around a team of scientists who are shrunk to atomic size and sent on a miniature submarine to save the life of a defecting Soviet scientist. The story then followed the biological adventures the team encounters in trying to save the scientist and themselves. James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment is producing at 20th Century Fox. [Heat Vision]
Dorff Joins War of the Gods: Stephen Dorff is the latest addition to Tarsem Singh’s War of the Gods playing Stavros, a master thief who joins Theseus (Henry Cavill) on his quest to help free Greece from the dark threat of the Titans. The film will begin shooting in early April in Montreal for a November 11, 2011 release. [Variety]
Faris Remaking Private Benjamin: New Line is set to remake Goldie Hawn’s Private Benjamin at New Line, telling the story of a spoiled woman who joins the Army after her husband dies during sex on their wedding night. [Risky Business]
Moretz Finds The Fields: Chloe Moretz (Kick-Ass) is in talks join the cast of Ami Canaan Mann’s The Fields centering on a Texas homicide detective (Sam Worthington) who joins with a New York detective to investigate unsolved murders in the Texas bayous. Filming begins in New Orleans on May 3. [Production Weekly]
Up in the Air Scripter Directing By Virtue Fall: Sheldon Turner, the Oscar-nominated co-writer of Up In the Air, is set to make his directing debut on the thriller By Virtue Fall. Turner also penned the script, which revolves around a man who is framed by his mentor and winds up in prison. Once released, he’s fixated on getting revenge on his former partner, who has flourished in his new life and tried to cleanse himself of the past. Production will start in September on a budget less than $20 million. [Variety]