Those of you who have seen the David Fincher version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo very likely recall the slick opening title sequence at the start of the film. Those of you who have yet to see the film (um, what are you waiting for, go see this film NOW, people) are in for a treat because right now we not only get to learn some info on how the opening title sequence was made but we get to see the opening title sequence video in full below. AND, as a bit of bonus GREAT NEWS, it is also with great pleasure that I pass along the news that Sony has announced that the sequel film The Girl Who Played with Fire will go into production later this year. Woot!!
The oil-drenched title sequence that opens David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo includes mesmerizing details from all three of Stieg Larsson’s books about hacker heroine Lisbeth Salander, not just the one upon which the movie is based. That might seem like an odd choice, but it was intentional. Blur Studio, the creator of the vivid opening, was given a mandate by Fincher to make the two-and-a-half-minute sequence a conceptual re-creation of Larsson’s full Millennium trilogy — and to completely turn the idea of title sequences on its head. “I got a call from him, it was the middle of the night in Sweden and he was on some shoot that was going really bad,” Tim Miller, Blur’s co-founder and the creative director behind the sequence, said in a phone interview with Wired.com. “And he calls me and he says, ‘Look, you’re going to do this thing and it’s going to redefine titles for our generation the way Se7en did and that’s all there is to it.’” So, as happened with Se7en’s title sequence, a song produced by Trent Reznor (in this case a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” with Karen O and Atticus Ross) became an eerie opening soundtrack, and Blur set about bringing Fincher’s primordial-ooze fever dream to life. To get what Fincher wanted, Blur worked with the director to pick out general and specific moments in the trilogy that could be demonstrated visually — a pressed flower, wasps, the instruments of hacking, Lisbeth Salander’s father being set on fire, and, of course, the dragon alluded to in the title. Blur ended up with 26 moments approved by Fincher, then composed them into 252 shots of 24 frames or fewer …
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is an amazing film to watch visually … and this opening title sequence not only sets the tone of Dragon Tattoo, but its allusions to the coming sequels (The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest) also set the tone for the overall trilogy of films. There is a “cool factor” that, from the start, really informs the audience as to what kind of film(s) they are about to see. I really love this title sequence … I’ve already rewatched the video I posted above over and over and over again.
AND AS FOR THOSE SEQUEL FILMS, Sony has announced today that YES, the sequel films are going into production … The Girl Who Played with Fire is set to begin filming later this year:
Despite the weak box-office performance of the U.S. remake of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” so far, the sequel, “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” is moving forward, a Sony spokesperson has confirmed to TheWrap. Steven Zaillian, who also wrote and executive produced “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” is writing the screenplay for the next U.S. film based on Swedish author Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” series. Stars Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara are contractually obligated for the two sequels. While David Fincher has not signed on for “Fire,” the Sony representative said the company wants him to direct the sequel. Fincher previously said that he would want to shoot the sequels — “Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” — back to back, if he were to sign on for the final two installments. A representative for Anonymous Content, the management company that represents Fincher, did not respond to a request for comment. Ole Søndberg, one of the producers of “Dragon Tattoo,” declined comment on the project.
I really hate all the emphasis on the “poor” box office performance of Dragon Tattoo … but I cannot see how Sony can’t not make the sequel films. I would LOVE for David Fincher to direct the next two films but I don’t think I’d be too opposed to having different directors for the sequels. Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig will remain as Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist … and that is the best news of all.
So … what do y’all think of all of this? Don’t you love this opening tile sequence? Aren’t you excited that the sequel films are on the way? Am I asking too many questions??
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