Director alters ending in Millennium movie

David Fincher, the director of the forthcoming Hollywood version of the Stieg Larsson novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Män som hatar kvinnor) has changed the ending of the story

Director alters ending in Millennium movie
Actress Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander from 'The girl with the dragon tattoo'

“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.

“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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