Fincher's novel return for Tattoo
David Fincher decided to go back to the original Stieg Larsson books for his film of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, he has revealed.
The Oscar-nominated Social Network filmmaker wanted to base his upcoming movie adaptation on the source material rather than the Swedish film.
"It's a great movie. But we had to start with the book. That's the wellspring of everything," he told USA Today.
The Swedish-language film, which came out in 2009, was directed by Niels Arden Oplev and turned Noomi Rapace into a star.
David admitted he was impressed with Niels' version, adding: "I read it [the book] and thought, 'Holy God, how do you compress this into a movie?'
"I thought the original did a great job, given its budget. When you have that much, it's going to be limited in terms of the scope," he said.
Daniel Craig stars as reporter Mikael Blomkvist, while Rooney Mara takes on the role of computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in David's adaptation, which is set for release in December.