Making its English language debut in 2009, the first installment in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has sold tens of millions of copies. Shortly afterward, the Swedish version of the film, directed by Niels Arden Oplev and starring Michael Nyqvist (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) and Noomi Rapace (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), opened to American audiences and was well received by both critics and fans of Larsson’s gripping novel.
As a huge fan of the book, then the Swedish version of the film, I welcomed the news of an American version with a cold shoulder. I didn’t see the need for Hollywood to get their grubby mitts on a story that had A) just made its way to American shores and B) was excellent in its native language. With the success that the material enjoyed, the conversion to an American film was only a matter of time. David Fincher (The Social Network) was on board to bring his vision of the source material to the screen using Daniel Craig (Casino Royale) and Rooney Mara (The Social Network) as main characters Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salandar. But the question was: will it be any good?