Finally, some news on the Hollywood versions of the Millennium Trilogy straight from the horse’s mouth. Sony Pictures Entertainment co-Chairman Amy Pascal talked to Wrap editor-in-chief Sharon Waxman about many incredible facets and topics of the movie biz…and lucky us, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the Trilogy came up.
Amy Pascal: … a comic book, a remake of a television show, or an intellectual property that everybody knows. I think that when half, or not half – that would be wrong — a quarter of the marketing job is done for you by it being a brand name and not a new business that you have to launch, that’s what the big movies are about. That’s for sure. But not every movie is gonna make $200 million of profit.
Sharon Waxman: But, for example, “Dragon Tattoo,” that’s a big bet you’re making. You signed up to make three of those movies, right?
AP: Yes, that’s a big tentpole franchise.
SW: I imagine that’s why you’re doing it. Have we confirmed the lead in that movie?
AP: No, we have not.
SW: And the girl, is she cast?
AP: No, we are going to do a global search on her. Every actress in the world wants it. It’s the greatest character for a girl since I-don’t-know-what.
SW: But she won’t have a stud in her nose.
AP: Oh, just wait and see. We’re doing the book. That’s why we hired David Fincher. We’re going to really do this, in all their glory. Otherwise why do it? They’re very R-rated movies. It’s the shock of what’s really going on underneath the surface of society. If you don’t actually make good on that, you haven’t told the story.
SW: What’s the commitment that you’re making to this franchise for the next 4, 5, 6, how many years?
AP: Well, I’m going to try to get these movies out as fast as possible. But, you know, we’ll have the first one next Christmas. And hopefully, the next two as quick as I can get them. We’re trying to figure that out now.
Of course, many of us still think this is ridiculous. And by that we mean, at least she said, “We’re going to really do this, in all their glory.” But, we think these books already came to live ‘in all their glory’—in the original Swedish films.