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Director alters ending in Millennium movie

TT/The Local/rm · 2 Sep 2011, 08:28

Published: 02 Sep 2011 08:28 GMT+02:00

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“We had an idea that made the ending more easy to understand. We changed the ending, not amazingly much but it works better from a movie-making viewpoint,” said Fincher to news agency TT Spektra.

Fincher didn’t want to disclose what it was that he has changed in the film, which is set to premiere on December 21st.

“Some things work in novels but not in a film. There’s a certain rhythm in a movie and that made us feel a change was in order,“ he said.

It was important to Fincher to shoot the film in Sweden, which he describes as a cosmopolitan society with a strict social structure.

“As soon as I read the novel I thought that there was something very Swedish about it. And when I came to Sweden and had a look around I thought: ‘this story could not have been set in Connecticut or Montreal'. It needed Sweden,” Fincher told TT.

Fincher is also keen on directing the other two films in the trilogy, but he did not want to discuss whether this might come to happen.

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“All trilogies are done one film at a time. I am certain there will be two more films but our focus right now is to make this one as good as possible,” he told TT.

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Your comments about this article

09:00 September 2, 2011 by RobinHood
Fincher has a point. Read Nick Hornby's About a Boy and then watch Hugh Grant in the movie version. The movie ending works much better.

I'll reserve judgment on Fincher's ending until after I've seen it.
09:40 September 2, 2011 by SouthAfrican_in_Sweden
Of course it would be changed. You can't have a hollywood film without a hollywood ending. The original story should in any case be just a side-note or provide the location of the classic hollywood action. God forbid you provide something novel to the audiences that they are not expecting.
10:17 September 2, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
09:00 September 2, 2011 by RobinHood

Whether you like it or not, I will tell you that I agree with your comment. Now, what are you going to do? Call the police? Delete my comment on your comment? Command the UFO shooter to shoot me? What will you do? And, who are you, because there is a myriad of actors who have played the roll of the legendary Robin of Loxley?

Since 1912 more than 100 actors have portrayed the heroic English outlaw, and the performances have ranged from career defining to downright dreadful.

With the release of Ridley Scott's Robin Hood (2010), Russell Crowe becomes the latest in a long line of leading male actors to take on the legendary character. Everyone from Will Rogers and Rich Little to Frank Sinatra and George Segal have put their stamp on the mythical figure. Here are some highlights and low-lights of those attempts.

Douglas Fairbanks was the first screen actor to really bring Robin of Loxley to life in the silent film Robin Hood (1922), but it was Errol Flynn who lifted the legendary character to new heights in 'The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). The Michael Curtiz film was a groundbreaking achievement not only for its illustrious use of Technicolor and sprawling set pieces, but for displaying the cinematic match of Flynn and co-star Olivia de Havilland. The two would star in eight films together and came to represent the quintessential pairing of leading actors at the time. Flynn's performance defines the cinematic legacy of Robin Hood and set the standard for generations to come.

So, when do you release your latest film? I promise that I will go to the movies and enjoy your acting. I promise.
10:51 September 2, 2011 by Lukestar1991
Well thats the heartless souless USA for you :)
13:05 September 2, 2011 by BillyB
Concidering Hollywood regularly makes up its own version of true life events in movies, making some changes to fiction is something and nothing
16:36 September 2, 2011 by Svensksmith
The Swedish version had a much cuter Lisbeth.
19:12 September 2, 2011 by RobinHood
Lisbeth Salander isn't cute. And its giant dildo time and a stomach tattoo, for any man who says she is.

Lock the door tonight Svensksmith. She knows where you live.
19:23 September 2, 2011 by Svensksmith
Bring her on. I ain't afraid.

Well, maybe a little.
22:08 September 2, 2011 by MarkinBoston
If you've read the book, why would you want to see an identical movie version? Movies should be different from books. It's a different medium, and requires different story-telling methods.
08:40 September 3, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
I fully agree. If you read Angels and Demons, the picture should be made in the style of Robin Hood, because he was an angel to the poor and a demon to the rich.
02:54 September 4, 2011 by goatgirl
I'm probably going to be crucified for saying this but I think Rooney Mara makes a much better Lisbeth. Like Svensksmith wrote, "The Swedish version has a much cuter Lisbeth." I don't want cute. I want a odd, peculiar and off-setting Lisbeth. And all I can say about a different ending, it's David Fincher. If you have any doubts about him as a director and story-teller than you have never seen any of his movies.
13:44 September 4, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
02:54 September 4, 2011 by goatgirl

You will never be crucified in your first post. Just wait until the second or third. I agree with you. Who wants a cute Lisbeth in a story like the ones written by Stig Larsson? It is like wanting to see an Errol Flynn playing the role of Frankenstein.
21:25 September 4, 2011 by soultraveler3
Why is this a headline? Movie makers change things in the film version of books all the time. Fincher is right, some things that work in books don't translate well to the big screen.
12:26 January 6, 2012 by mikewhite
The revised ending does simplify the overall web of family complexity, which works OK in the book but I do agree would have been a bit much in a movie, if justice was also to be done to Salander's sting on Wennerström.
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