Last night I watched The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the film adaptation of the Stieg Larsson novel that is showing at the Miami Film Festival next weekend.
I liked the movie so much I was considering reading the other two books in the series (the third one is scheduled to be published in the U.S. in May), just to find out what happens next to the characters.
But Music Box Films, which acquired the U.S. distribution rights to all three of the movie adaptations, has announced the other two films, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, may be released back-to-back in July and August this year.
Actress Noomi Rapace, who plays Lisbeth Salander in the series (and is tentatively scheduled to attend the Miami screening at the Gusman next Saturday with director Niels Arden Oplev), told the Wall Street Journal that although an English-language remake of the first film is in development at Sony Pictures, she doesn't think "the Hollywood version will be as edgy as our film."
I'll say. Although Oplev's film originally aired on Swedish TV, there are scenes in it that come this close to NC-17 territory. One scene in particular - the depiction of a rape that helps explain the book's clumsier, original title, Men Who Hate Women - is so brutal it made me groan aloud.
I don't mean to scare anyone away from seeing the film, even if you're squeamish: This is a terrific, absorbing thriller with little actual violence, and I can't imagine the Hollywood remake will be as densely plotted or better acted (Rapace in particular is fantastic; she's a natural-born movie star).
I'm just a bit taken aback by the stuff the Swedes deem suitable to air on TV. I mean ... man!
The first of my many articles about this year's Miami Film Festival will run in this Sunday's Herald. Some good movies are heading our way.