Publishers in Sweden have commissioned a follow-up book to continue Stieg Larsson's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy. The novelist's books became huge international best-sellers and were translated for the big screen in a popular Swedish film series starring Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist, as well as a Hollywood movie with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.
Larsson died in 2004 before his books were published, and a fourth novel in the series, which he was working on at the time of his passing, has yet to be completed due to an ongoing dispute amongst his heirs.
However, bosses at Norstedts Forlag, the Swedish company which originally published Larsson's trilogy, have now confirmed they are moving forward with plans for a new installment.
They have hired journalist/author David Lagercrantz to write a fourth book in the series, which will continue the exploits of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist.
The novel is scheduled to be published in August, 2015.
Normally, the method behind the madness of Under the Radar is to examine the week’s new theatrical releases and find among the cast listings a young actor or actress whose stock seems to be rapidly climbing. We often use that actor/actress’ back catalogue of films to illustrate their meteoric rise and, depending on your viewing regimen, you may or may not agree with the accuracy of their up-and-coming status. But when one particular star shows up in two huge releases in the span of single week, they are kind of making their own case—or at least preliminary arguments.
Such is the case with this week’s star: Joel Kinnaman. Within a week's span, the actor will be appearing in both The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Darkest Hour. Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about Joel:
David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which opens on Wednesday, is an adaptation of a novel by Swedish author Stieg Larsson; a previous cinematic incarnation was produced in the novel’s native Sweden in 2009. To call Fincher’s version a remake of the 2009 film would be inaccurate—several differences, mined from the original text, exist between the two versions. Given that he is appearing in an American adaptation of a Swedish novel, it seems altogether fitting that Kinnaman would have dual citizenship between the two countries. Joel’s mother is Swedish while his father is American so the reason for the dual citizenship seems pretty clear.
If you think Mad Men is the only worthwhile show on AMC, you are sorely mistaken. The network has recently given us the intense, powerful, and altogether fascinating crime drama The Killing. Much like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, , The Killing begins with the search for a missing girl. The series is beautifully shot, clever in its skirting of procedural cop show conventions, and fantastically preformed. Joel Kinnaman plays police officer Stephen Holder, one of two investigators heading up the case. Kinnaman performs the part with a certain crassness, an in-your-face bravado that ultimately proves to be a carefully crafted tool in his detective arsenal. The relationship between he and his partner, played by Mireille Enos, is the backbone of the series.
Arthur and Lancelot
One the case of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is solved and the battle with the energy-devouring aliens of The Darkest Hour is finished, Joel will have a far more epic task before him. Kinnaman is set to star in director David Dobkin’s Arthur and Lancelot. Kinnaman will be portraying Sir Lancelot, the famous knight serving on the court of the legendary King Arthur; the latter to be played by Game of Throne’s Kit Harington. This fantasy adventure will be an interesting departure for Dobkin, as he has up to now only directed comedies such as Wedding Crashers and Fred Claus. However elements of period action adventure did find their way into his Shanghai Knights. I’m sure with the stars of two hugely successful TV shows headlining, both of whom are tremendous actors in their own right, Arthur and Lancelot will excel.
In 2007, David S. Goyer directed a supernatural teen thriller called The Invisible. The film told the story of a high school student who is brutally attacked and left for dead. The next day, he discovers that no one can see him; calling into serious question whether he actually survived the attack. You may have missed the film in theaters…and in video stores…and on TV, but the film made a decent amount of bank at the box office. What you may not know is that The Invisible is a remake of a 2002 Swedish film that featured among its cast, you guessed it, Joel Kinnaman.
The very next film on Kinnaman’s slate is Safe House from director Daniel Espinosa. The film centers around a young CIA agent looking after a fugitive at an agency safe house; a place that ends up coming under siege. It certainly seems as if Kinnaman is moving up in the film world. He is going from playing a small part in the latest David Fincher film, no small accomplishment, to costarring in a big-budget sci-fi actioner, to being billed in Safe House just under the likes of Ryan Reynolds, Denzel Washington, Vera Farmiga, and Brendan Gleeson. If the old maxim is true, about being judged by the company one keeps, I’d say Joel is doing pretty well.
The James Bond star portrays journalist Mikael Blomkvist alongside lead character Rooney Mara in the Hollywood adaptation of the thriller, based on the books by late Swedish author Stieg Larsson.
But director David Fincher admits the shoot wasn't without its complications - and Craig had a close call on set when he had to be hoisted in the air with a plastic bag placed over his head.
Fincher explains, "The first night that we got to the hoisting and the stunt co-ordinator came in and said, 'Daniel has to hold this little metal thing in his hand so that if he does lose consciousness...' Because he's gonna be acting like he's suffocating, which is not very different from actually suffocating...
"He was hoisted up and we were rolling and he had this thing in his hand and as I'm watching the monitor I hear, 'Ting, ting, ting' and we rush in (to the room) and he had passed out! On the production report it said, 'Let Daniel go 15 minutes early due to unconsciousness.'
But action star Craig insists the incident is all part of the filmmaking process.
Brushing off the mishap, he says, "It was just another day working with David Fincher!"
Let’s put the cards on the table: I have not read Steig Larsson’s best-selling “Millennium Trilogy” and therefore cannot comment on whether or not Columbia Pictures’ big-budget (American) adaptation of its first novel is a spot-on transfer of the shocking story or if Rooney Mara has lived up to the punk-goth-genius of an anti-heroine he created. This review is about director David Fincher’s craft and the dream cast he has assembled to make The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo one of the most brutal and engrossing films of 2011.
Right from lustrous sexy title sequence evoking torturous S&M imagery to the ultra-cool Karen O/Trent Reznor rendition of Led Zepplin’s “Immigrant Song” the Oscar-nominated filmmaker plunges his audience into a very specific experience. This is not to say that the story itself is notably inventive; Dragon Tattoo is more or less a standard serial killer thriller wherein a pair of investigators attempts to solve a decades-old murder that has ties to other gruesome mysteries and a wealthy Swedish family. It’s the sinister atmosphere and tone he cultivates using color music and lighting that makes this tale so unique and highly watchable in spite of the terrible events that occur throughout.
Perhaps most compelling though is its mixed bag of characters from different walks of life including Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) a recently disgraced financial journalist in need of an assignment Martin Vanger (Stellan Skarsgard) a yuppie-ish corporate tycoon charged with running the family business started by his uncle Henrik (Christopher Plummer) and Lisbeth Salander (Mara) the alpha-outsider and titular character of this eerie epic. All are emotionally scarred and the actors charged with portraying them go the darkest corners of their own souls to make them their own. Mara in particular must be praised for her ghoulish and extreme embodiment of Salander who suffers physical and emotional torment unlike anything we’ve seen in cinema this year. This more than her scene-stealing presence in Fincher’s The Social Network is no doubt her star-making turn; expect to see her name on a marquee soon. Though she and Craig at times struggle with the Swedish diction (the latter’s native British accent slips through more times than I can count) they more than make up for it with their physical personifications facial expressions etc. Yet it’s Skarsgard who is most impressive as the younger Vanger (he’s of Swedish descent) and delivers a stunning and chilling performance that will rival Mara’s in defining this film in years to come.
Still this is a Fincher film through and through and I cannot think of source material better suited for the maker of Se7en and Zodiac than this disturbing chronicle. Visually he’s given the opportunity to create damp decaying interiors familiar to fans of his work but contrasts them with beautifully filmed exteriors including some terrifying whiteout conditions that are sure to lower your body temperature. In terms of form he and editors Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall effectively lay out dual character arcs (that of Salander and Blomkvist) that run parallel but connect in uncanny ways until their eventual convergence resulting in a highly literary feel. Both Baxter and Wall won Oscars for cutting The Social Network and I’m afraid that their penchant for quick transitions between shots has a decreasing effect on the terror; for a film that so closely treads the line between horror-thriller I felt that letting certain shots play out a bit longer could’ve had more dreadful results.
Still in no way I am saying that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo doesn’t come with its share of nail-biting suspense. Fincher takes tense situations to the next level using unconventional camera angles and Reznor’s unnerving score making many sequences in the movie hard to watch. It’s a tiring but entertaining task; one that is a pleasure and pain to endure but the auteur’s masterful methods are quite magical even when being used to tell a story as menacing as this one.
There’s nothing else playing at the multiplex this season that’s quite like it and should you choose to view it you’ll carry its shocks with you for days after.
An embargo on articles about the David Fincher thriller was lifted on Monday night (12Dec11) and movie critics have heaped praise on the film, which stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.
The response has prompted Sony bosses to release the film on Tuesday evening (20Dec11) - hours before the initial release at midnight.
Explaining the move, Sony chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution Jeff Blake says, "This is one of the busiest times of the year for moviegoing and we can't wait to share this outstanding thriller with audiences all over the world. We feel that by opening for night time shows on December 20th, fans of the book will be given the perfect opportunity to get (a) jump start on the release of the exceptional film."
The film is adapted from the first of late author Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy books.
Enigmatic and deliberate Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy makes no reservations while unraveling its heady spy story for better or worse. The film based on the bestselling novel by John Le Carre is purposefully perplexing effectively mirroring the central character George Smiley's (Gary Oldman) own mind-bending investigation of the British MI6's mole problem. But the slow burn pacing clinical shooting style and air of intrigue only go so far—Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sports an incredible cast that can't dramatically translate the movie's impenetrable narrative. Almost from the get go the movie collapses under its own weight.
After a botched mission in Hungary that saw his colleague Jim (Mark Strong) gunned down in the streets Smiley and his boss Control (John Hurt) are released from the "Circus" (codename for England's Secret Intelligence Service). But soon after Smiley is brought back on board as an impartial observer tasked to uncover the possible infiltration of the organization. The former agent already dealing with the crippling of his own marriage attempts to sift through the history and current goings on of the Circus narrowing his hunt down to four colleagues: Percy aka "Tinker" (Toby Jones) Bill aka "Tailor" (Colin Firth) Roy aka "Soldier" (Ciaran Hinds) and Toy aka "Poor Man" (David Dencik). Working with Peter (Benedict Cumberbatch) a conflicted younger member of the service and Ricki (Tom Hardy) a rogue agent who has information of his own Smiley slowly uncovers the muddled truth—occasionally breaking in to his own work place and crossing his own friends to do so.
Describing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as dense doesn't seem complicated enough. The first hour of the monster mystery moves at a sloth's pace trickling out information like the tedious drips of a leaky faucet. The talent on display is undeniable but the characters Smiley included are so cold that a connection can never be made. TTSS sporadically jumps around from past to present timelines without any indication: a tactic that proves especially confusing when scenes play out in reoccurring locations. It's not until halfway through that the movie decides to kick into high gear Smiley's search for a culprit finally becoming clear enough to thrill. A film that takes its time is one thing but Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy does so without any edge or hook.
What the movie lacks in coherency it makes up for in style and thespian gravitas. Director Tomas Alfredson has assembled some of the finest British performers working today and they turn the script's inaccessible spy jargon into poetry. Firth stands out as the group's suave slimeball a departure from his usual nice guy roles. Hardy assures us he's the next big thing once again as the agency's resident moppet a lover who breaks down after a romantic fling uncovers horrifying truth. Oldman is given the most difficult task of the bunch turning the reserved contemplative Smiley into a real human. He half succeeds—his observational slant in the beginning feels like an extension of the movie's bigger problems but once gets going in the second half of the film he's quite a bit of fun.
Alfredson constructs Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy like a cinematic architect each frame dripping with perfectly kitschy '70s production design and camera angles that make the spine tingle. He creates paranoia through framing similar to the Coppola's terrifying The Conversation but unlike that film TTSS doesn't have the characters or story to match. The movie strives to withhold information and succeeds—too much so. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy wants us to solve a mystery with George Smiley but it never clues us in to exactly why we should want to.
The actor plays the lead role of journalist Mikael Blomkvist alongside Noomi Rapace in the Swedish movie series, based on the books by late author Stieg Larsson, and Daniel Craig has taken over the role in a new U.S. update of the first film.
Nyqvist's 21-year-old daughter Ellen, who is attending college in the U.S., recently found herself in the middle of the shoot in Los Angeles when movie bosses decided to film at the cafe where she works part-time.
She was given a small role pouring coffee for the James Bond star and Nyqvist admits it happened completely "by coincidence".
The star tells the Associated Press that during filming, his daughter told Craig about her famous father by asking him, "Do you know who my dad is?"
Eva Gabrielsson had previously hinted about a fourth book in the best-selling Millennium series, which includes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
But she concedes that the Swede did not leave enough material to form a full-length novel.
She tells BBC Radio 4, "There's the beginning of a fourth novel. I would estimate it to be about 200 pages, given what I saw in late August during our last vacation, and given what I knew of Stieg's workload in his last two months.
"It probably doesn't hang together. Stieg was a spontaneous writer, he could write scenes and not knit them together until later on - he just liked the scene. You can't call it a novel."
Gabrielsson dated the author for 32 years until his sudden death from a heart attack in 2004, and she has been locked in a dispute with the writer's father and brother over his estate since the tragedy.
A Hollywood adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, starring Daniel Craig, is set for release later this year (11).
Larsson created the bestselling Millennium trilogy, which has been turned into a popular Swedish film series and is about to make a Hollywood cross-over with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara taking the lead roles in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Eva Gabrielsson, Larsson's partner of more than three decades, has been locked in a dispute with the writer's father and brother over his estate since his death in 2004.
Gabrielsson insists she is not interested in the profits from the books and movies - she just wants to be granted the rights to Larsson's work so she can complete his final, unfinished novel.
She has documented her legal struggle in new memoir, Millennium, Stieg and Me, and the book has prompted Larsson's brother, Joakim, to speak out and he's now urging Gabrielsson to get in contact so they can resolve their issues face-to-face.
He tells the AFP, "So many falsehoods and misleading statements have been repeated in book form, I would like to present my picture in greater detail. For some time now, Eva Gabrielsson has spread a distorted picture of Stieg Larsson. No single person can have a monopoly on the picture of Stieg Larsson and his life... There are lots of things which aren't true in that book. We only want to say what the truth is and say 'this and this is not true' and then we can put an end on this story between us and her and move on.
"We have no intention to use the money in any other way than as Stieg intended... (Gabrielsson) is part of my family still and she's always been a part of my family... I don't want to speculate in what will happen (with the unfinished book). But I hope she calls me."
Eva Gabrielsson dated The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo author for 32 years until his sudden death from a heart attack in 2004, and she has been locked in a dispute with the writer's father and brother over his estate since the tragedy.
Gabrielsson insists she is not interested in the millions the Swede's Millennium series of books raked in after his passing - she just wants to be granted the rights to his work.
In a new biography about her relationship with Larsson, Millennium, Stieg and Me, she documents her legal struggle, telling fans, "I am fighting for him, for myself, for you..."
And Gabrielsson is confident she is the only person who could put the finishing touches to his last ever book.
She writes, "I am able to finish it... Stieg and I often wrote together."
Larsson died before his Millennium trilogy of books became literary bestsellers, turning him into one of the world's most popular authors.
His crime stories have since been adapted into hit films and a Hollywood version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is set to star Daniel Craig.
Gabrielsson's autobiography is due for release in parts of Europe next week (19Jan11).