<p>Best known for directing the international Swedish blockbuster "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," Niels Arden Oplev was a Danish director who won acclaim for his unique visionary prowess. Opl...
Tobey Maguire, remember him? It's okay if you don't, we almost forgot he existed too.
Anyway, the actor is set to both produce and star in the upcoming film adaptation of Marcus Sakey's novel, Good People, according to Production Weekly's Twitter feed. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Swedish version) director Niels Arden Oplev will helm the pic.
Good People tells the story of a financially struggling Chicago couple, Tom and Anna Redd. They are landlords and when one of their tenants die, they discover $400,000 hidden in his apartment. But, it's not too long before they realize that the man is actually connected to the Chicago criminal circuit, and Tom and Anna go to extreme lengths to keep the cash.
Now this sounds like a promising plot, but can Maguire deliver? His recent performances haven't been that great (Brothers comes to mind); hopefully the actor will finally give us something that makes us not think of Peter Parker. We know he's got the chops (Pleasantville and The Cider House Rules proved that), but he seems to have become complacent as Spider Man over the years and is in desperate need of a career reboot. He's got dozens of movies in development, so even is this isn't the film that puts him back in the spotlight, Tobey's got plenty of projects to pick from. To be continued!
Source: Production Weekly's Twitter
Days ago, the worldwide search for an actress to play Lisbeth Salander, the punky protagonist at the center of Columbia Pictures adaptation of Steig Larsson's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (and two more films to follow) ended. Rooney Mara, a relatively unknown 24-year-old landed the coveted role and will undoubtedly be shot to fame quicker than a reality TV star. But what of Noomi Rapace, the relatively unknown 30-year-old Swedish actress who masterfully led the original adaptations of The Millennium Trilogy (The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest round out the series)?
Industry insiders are already dubbing Rapace as the next big thing in Hollywood, a town that loves to find talent abroad and bring them to mainstream American films. I liken her soon-to-be meteoric rise to the cases of Sam Worthington and Marion Cotillard. The Aussie could barely grab a decent gig in the States before James Cameron cast him as the lead in Avatar and now he's got enough work to keep him busy for the next few years. Cotillard, the French actress who became an over-night sensation with La Vie En Rose, went on to star in blockbuster films like Public Enemies and Inception. If these earlier examples prove anything, it's that a single role can can change the course of one's career and given Deadline's recent report, it looks like Rapace may be next in line to become an honored Hollywood Import.
Sources close to the actress claim that she has been pursued by nearly every studio in town to make her big Tinsel Town debut. Warner Brothers has approached her about working on Sherlock Holmes 2 and Paramount Pictures and director Brad Bird are actively pursuing her for Mission: Impossible IV. With offers like those coming in, I can't wait to see what kind of leading roles she's going to be offered in the near future.
But the love Rapace is feeling doesn't end with studio executives, she's got taste makers eating out of her hand as well. Director/producer Brett Ratner jumped at the chance just to meet her, while McG wants her to play the villain in his new action-comedy This Means War at 20th Century Fox. She also met with Brad Fischer for the Phoenix Pictures project The Last Voyage Of The Demeter, Jon Amiel on his latest (believed to be titled Masterwork), James McTeigue on The Raven and Tommy Wirkola on Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Most significant though is the talk of Noomi getting an Oscar nomination for her work on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The foreign film was a huge success overseas and has thrilled select American audiences who came out to see what all the fuss was about. Deadline's Nikki Finke has confirmed that Rapace does qualify for an Academy Award, as Music Box Films released director Niels Arden Oplev's Dragon Tattoo in a Los Angeles County theater for an awards run this past March, thus making Rapace's performance eligible. The company has also hired an Oscar publicist to promote Noomi for a Best Actress nomination.
Whether or not Noomi Rapace takes the stage at The Kodak Theater this February is anyone's guess, but what is a sure thing is that she has left her mark on both global cinema as the most authentic embodiment of Larsson's beloved character and on Hollywood's most powerful players as a talented and strong actress. I hope that she gets the chance to show American audiences what everyone is show business already sees: a hard worker capable of complete transformation and wonderful performances.
Zach Snyder is finally making progress on his oft-delayed picture, The Last Photograph. Christian Bale has been cast as a lead in the film, and Niels Arden Oplev may have been added as a director.
The Last Photograph, which is based of an original idea (gasp!) from 300 director Snyder, is a drama set in contemporary times that revolves around a photograph which leads two men on a journey through Afghanistan. Odds are that Bale will play one of the men, but details on the plot and his role have been kept at a minimum thus far.
The film is being written by 300 collaborator Kurt Johnstad, and Sergey Bodrov of the epic Mongol was originally signed to direct. Rumor has it, however, that he has been replaced by Oplev, the director behind the stellar The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo adaptation.
Despite all the sudden movement on the project, we probably won’t see The Last Photograph for some time. Bale has an untitled Terrence Malick film lined up, and an inevitable role in Batman 3, while Snyder is still finishing up his Sucker Punch. While it is very early to be making predictions, the fact that it’s not a remake, reimagining, or adaptation alone has me optimistic.
Directed first American TV series episode, "Unforgettable" (CBS)
Directed first feature film, "Portland"
Directed internatinal blockbuster, "The Girl with the Dragon Tatto"
<p>Best known for directing the international Swedish blockbuster "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," Niels Arden Oplev was a Danish director who won acclaim for his unique visionary prowess. Oplev was born Niels Pedersen on March 26, 1961 in Denmark. He initially followed an agricultural education like his father had, but switched directions and ventured into film. He enrolled into the National Film School of Denmark, where he directed a prize-winning documentary about his father's farm titled "Hugo fra Himmerland" (Hugo From Himmerland, 1987). By 1989, he graduated as a director from the prestigious film school and quickly began directing plays and short films, which included "Nogen" (Naked, 1992). Four years later, Oplev made his feature film directorial debut "Portland" (1996), a violent story about two brothers navigating the criminal underworld of a small town. The movie received critical acclaim at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear award. After directing his second film, "Fukssvansen" (2001), Oplev began working on TV shows. Two of them, "Rejseholdet" (Unit One, 2000-04) and "Ornen" (2004-06), nabbed the Best Foreign Language Television Series at the International Emmy Awards and brought recognition to the Danish director.</p><p>Oplev returned to directing feature films in 2006. While his first two showed the avant-garde nature of his film school days, Oplev's next few movies displayed a more mainstream approach to filmmaking. "We Shall Overcome" (2006) boosted his reputation as a talented director. Telling the story about a young boy's fight against a dictatorial school principal, "We Shall Overcome" received numerous awards from international film festivals. Oplev's next film, "Worlds Apart" (2008), continued to showcase his directorial talents and earned him nominations for Best Film at the Bodil Awards and Robert Festival. With the box office and critical success of "We Shall Overcome" and "Worlds Apart," Oplev was tapped to direct the ambitious adaptation of Stieg Larsson's international best-selling novel "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (2009). It starred Swedish actress Noomi Rapace as the troubled, yet resourceful, hacker and investigator Lisbeth Salander, who is tasked to solve the disappearance of the grandniece of a wealthy CEO.</p><p>"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" became a massive success, both critically and financially. Oplev's restrained handling of the movie's multiple plot threads and dark yet beautiful visuals were praised by critics. The movie went on to win numerous awards, including Best Foreign Film at the BAFTA Awards and Best Foreign Language Film for Oplev at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards. Oplev decided not to direct the two movie's two sequels due to time constraints. However, he chose to use his newfound success to work on projects in the United States. In his first follow up project after "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," Oplev directed the pilot and two other episodes of the CBS crime series "Unforgettable" (2011- ). He enjoyed the timeline of working on a TV pilot, so when CBS approached him to direct another one two years later, he jumped at the opportunity. The TV series was "Under the Dome" (CBS 2013- ), based on the science fiction novel written by Stephen King about a town mysteriously and suddenly encased in an impenetrable barrier. In the same year, Oplev reunited with Noomi Rapace in the action drama "Dead Man Down" (2013).</p>
National Film School of Denmark
Filmed "Hugo fra Himmerland" (1987), a documentary about his father's farm