Swedish director Niels Arden Oplev has publicly criticized plans for a Hollywood remake of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" - insisting his film should still be viewed as the definitive version of the story. Oplev's movie was released in 2009 and starred Noomi Rapace in the lead role of Lisbeth Salander.
A new American adaptation of Stieg Larsson's best-selling novel is now in the works, with newcomer Rooney Mara set to step into the part. The moviemaker is convinced there is "some kind of anger about the remake" within the film industry, and he hopes the new adaptation won't stop Rapace receiving awards for her work.
He tells Word & Film, "The only thing that's annoying to me is that the Sony (movie studio) PR machine is trying to make their Lisbeth Salander the lead Lisbeth Salander. That's highly unfair because Noomi has captured this part and it should always be all her. That's her legacy in a way I can't see anyone competing with. I hope she gets nominated for an Oscar..."
"Even in Hollywood there seems to be a kind of anger about the remake, like, 'Why would they remake something when they can just go see the original?' Everybody who loves film will go see the original one. It's like, what do you want to see, the French version of La Femme Nikita or the American one?"