The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo director David Fincher talks to Movies.com about his love of dark subject matter, the challenges of adapting a blockbuster book and his infamous affinity for multiple takes. Says Fincher, “I’m not in the adaptation business; I’m in the script business. I
didn’t read F. Scott Fitzgerald, and say, ‘God damn we gotta make a
movie out of Benjamin Button!’ I was given a script that I liked. Same thing with Zodiac – I wouldn’t have touched it as a book; it was only James Vanderbilt’s script. I still to this day haven’t read The Accidental Billionaires because I had a script by Aaron Sorkin that was the reason to make the movie. And with [Dragon Tattoo],
I almost said no on the basis of the book because I just didn’t know
how you could get to two-and-a-half hours, even, with this subject, with
this source material. I couldn’t get to two-and-a-half hours in
cinematic terms because I couldn’t see what the movie necessarily was.
And so I was in the Steve Zaillian business.”
Read the interview in full here.