Elsewhere, I’m belatedly reading The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, partly because, strapped to the academic sausage machine, I like the idea of writing novels with no intention of publishing them. It changes quite a lot, halfway through the novel, to realise that it was first published under the title Men who hate women. Alas, I fear that if Larsson continues in the rather dry, low-key and socially nuanced vein I’ve seen so far, I’ll have to restrain my Foglian adventurous expectancy over The Air Castle that Blew Up.
Regarding that dry, low-key, incrementally-tension-ratcheting authorial voice, I’m not sure what to make of the news that:
There are rumors about a Hollywood version… George Clooney, Johnny Depp, and Brad Pitt are all interested in playing the central role of Mikael Blomkvist; and producer Søren Stærmose… has been approached by directors including Quentin Tarantino, Ridley Scott, and Martin Scorsese
I’m wondering what a Tarantino/Pitt version would look like – of course, Salander would then be played by Uma Thurman, which I think would be a pity because the role seems to have been written for Christina Ricci (though Lauren Ambrose
could probably do it well, too). I imagine something like Adaptation
, where the film devolves into actiony cliches in the final reel, having spent the previous 90 minutes telling you it was on no account going to do exactly that. Especially since Blomkvist seems to be a depressive, introspective loner who spends a lot of time shuffling papers in diffident confusion – not something I’m used to seeing from Tarantino or Pitt – and since Tarantino has repeatedly said that after Jackie Brown he’s not interested in making any more “old man films.”
Of course, I’d like to see Almodovar direct it with Jonathan Pryce and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Jurgen Prochnow supporting, but there you are.