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mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 21st, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Paul Greengrass's possible next movie -would Matt consider a role?

The Swedish version of Girl with the dragon tattoo is great and they don't need an English version. Matt wouldn't really be right for the main character (and neither is Brad Pitt) - he should be older, sadder, greyer.

I don't think Matt and Paul would sign up again for another non-Bourne project. There are too many echoes (good and bad now) of their former work and Paul probably wants to strike out on his own. Can't see what another version of Treasure Island will add to the world.

Edited at 2010-05-21 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 21st, 2010 11:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Paul Greengrass's possible next movie -would Matt consider a role?

Thanks for your opinion on Matt probably not being right for the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I haven't read any of the books, just some summaries that make it sound good, so it's good to hear from someone who has seen the movie. I knew the character was older but not what he was like. I did notice that the actor who plays the part in the Swedish film is about 50.

You said:"The Swedish version of Girl with the dragon tattoo is great and they don't need an English version."

As you know, that (unfortunately) won't stop the Hollywood folks. :-) Or stop them from casting someone who doesn't look the part. But from reading stuff online I think your opinion seems to be the prevailing one; that this movie doesn't need to be remade. It's sad that Treasure Island and a whole bunch of movies that don't need to be remade or have "prequels" are getting made, so I suspect Dragon Tattoo will go forward in this current atmosphere. There doesn't seem to be much appetite for new stories in Hollywood anymore, I guess they don't make enough money.

Which is probably why Paul Greengrass is trying to do some of these big movies; if he doesn't bring in the money, he won't get offered these directing gigs anymore. Just like Steven Soderbergh really needs Contagion to do well after The Informant, Che, and The Girlfriend Experience didn't do so well (and he also basically got fired from directing Moneyball, the movie with Brad Pitt that now has a new director). Otherwise, I doubt the Liberace movie with Matt will get out of pre-production.
From: (Anonymous) Date: May 22nd, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Paul Greengrass's possible next movie -would Matt consider a role?

An article published today stated the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the two other books comprising the trilogy will be all be filmed together. So Matt wouldn't end up having one advantage I thought he might have, that he's younger than some of the other men supposedly in the running if Brad Pitt turns it down (the usual suspects - Depp, Clooney)and wouldn't age as much if filming took six or seven years.

Matt likely also wouldn't want to sign on to film a movie and two sequels all in a row - but then again, maybe if they were all filmed in New York City, he might consider it. :-)
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