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Stockholm in the picture for 'Millennium' movie

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 5 May 2010, 11:57

Published: 05 May 2010 11:57 GMT+02:00

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"It is not yet confirmed. We are still working on the details. We can see the possibilities but have to come to a decision whether it is realistic to use a Swedish location," Stærmose at Swedish firm Yellow Bird, which will work with Columbia Pictures on the Hollywood versions of Stieg Larsson's books, told The Local on Wednesday.

Stærmose explained that representatives from the US film company Columbia Pictures, which owns the rights to the English language versions of the films, have just left Sweden after a tour of possible locations.

"We have been in Stockholm and in other locations, including on the west coast. It has been a very positive experience," he said.

The manuscript is expected to be finalised in mid-June and a decision over possible locations for the film, due to commence production in the autumn, can therefore be expected sometime during the summer.

"This is set to be a very major film. It would be wonderful to film it in Sweden but we have to see if it can be managed with respect to resources, Swedish union regulations and other considerations," Søren Stærmose said.

Ingrid Rudefors at The Stockholm Film Commission told The Local on Wednesday that while the region remains confident that Stockholm is the favoured choice of the US film company, nothing has yet been confirmed.

"There is no contract. We want to wait until the manuscript is finished in mid-June before we comment on any further details - before that time no actors can be tied to the project and no final decisions can be taken," she said.

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Rudefors also expressed a hope that early indications that Stockholm footage will be limited to external locations, will be expanded to also include interior scenes.

"That would generate a significantly larger project and duration, which would be really exciting," she told The Local.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

14:25 May 5, 2010 by proteasome
Brad Pitt doing accidentally doing the swedish chef muppet can't wait... or
15:55 May 5, 2010 by Kevtravels
Now that would sure be interesting. If they start filming, I'll make sure to wander on set :P
21:00 May 5, 2010 by Redbee
Hollywood won't improve on the Swedish version and the wonderful cold scenery, plus the good acting .
22:27 May 5, 2010 by norcalNisse
Saw the original at a local theater last week and loved it! I probably won't bother with the Brad Pitt version; I just don't see how Hollywood could improve anything.
00:09 May 6, 2010 by telzey
I thought the Swedish version currently in theaters was very well-acted, but otherwise kind of behind the times. It was like the kind of thriller Hollywood would have made in the mid-80s. And I guess Scandinavian audiences can't figure anything out for themselves, because every tiny detail of the plot was gone over and over and over again to be sure the audience undertood what was happening, which I found amusing. Also, it's an embarrassingly traditional black and white thriller. The bad people are bad. The good people are good. The bad people all get punished. The good people are acquitted. Blah blah blah. It's like something out of Disney. I was expecting something a little more complicated. Something more...European.
07:59 May 8, 2010 by M Krishnamachary
I was a Maritime Radio Officer and I used to work with Stockolm Marine Radio station to reach local owners or agents. Also used to chat with the operator there a little to know more of the land and its people. Must say that I have great opinion of the work ethic of the staff. One can not fail to get a response from Stockholm from any seas of the world. Enjoy reading "The Local". Now that Satcom substituted radio work all those Marine Radio stations may have shut shop. I too have retired from active service, but my interest to know about Sweden continues.
15:27 July 9, 2010 by ppk
Remember what Hollywood did with Nikita.

How they can't be sure it will be shot in Stockholm? Where else? Montreal? Absurd!
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