THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Director Niels Arden Oplev to Visit THE KEEP

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Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev, helmer of the critically-lauded adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, has signed on for CBS Film’s The Keep. Based on Jennifer Egan’s novel of the same title, the gothic thriller follows a pair of cousins who are forced to confront their childhood demons while restoring a secluded medieval castle. Scribe Ehren Kruger (The Ring) shopped the screenplay to Rogue Pictures in 2006, but the deal deflated with Relativity’s acquisition of the production house.  David Fincher is currently filming a re-adaptation of Dragon Tattoo with Daniel Craig in the starring role as muckraking journalist Mikael Blomkvist.

Hit the jump for a synopsis of The Keep as well as my thoughts on Oplev helming the adaptation.

Here’s the quick-and-dirty summary (via Google Books) :

“Award-winning author Jennifer Egan brilliantly conjures a world from which escape is impossible and where the keep –the tower, the last stand –is both everything worth protecting and the very thing that must be surrendered in order to survive.

Two cousins, irreversibly damaged by a childhood prank, reunite twenty years later to renovate a medieval castle in Eastern Europe. In an environment of extreme paranoia, cut off from the outside world, the men reenact the signal event of their youth, with even more catastrophic results. And as the full horror of their predicament unfolds, a prisoner, in jail for an unnamed crime, recounts an unforgettable story that seamlessly brings the crimes of the past and present into piercing relation.”

Did the premise catch your fancy? Read all but 20-odd pages of the novel here.

With Dragon Tattoo, Oplev verified that he is entirely capable of maintaining the delicate equilibrium between convolution and tension that mysteries require. With a plot that oozes with potential for surrealist imagery and one that The Hollywood Reporter analogously describes as “The Ring meets Inception”, I’m optimistic that Oplev will not only match the intensity of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but trump it.

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  • Angmal

    Dear God, ‘re-adaptation’? Please, kill that made-up buzzword now. As if reboot and re-imagining weren’t bad enough… IT’S A REMAKE. If it’s been filmed before, it’s a remake, there’s no dressing it up to make it seem more original.

    • Anonymous

      If you are thinking of the Micheal Mann “The Keep”, starring Scott Glenn and Gabriel Byrne, then you are incorrect. Different property. Oddly simillar setting and exactly the same name, but different books by different authors (one of whom has originality issues).

    • Anonymous

      Oops. Just realized you were talking about Fincher’s GwtDT “re-adaptation”. In that case I agree with you. Just call it what it is.

    • Koroko

      But it isn’t a remake. A remake is essentially the same film but in a different location, updated setting, different language, etc.

      Apparently the script for Fincher’s film is alot different to the Swedish film. So no, it isn’t a remake. It’s a re-adaption of the novel. Oh, and I loved the original film AND the novel and can’t wait to see what Fincher does with it.

  • Angmal

    Dear God, ‘re-adaptation’? Please, kill that made-up buzzword now. As if reboot and re-imagining weren’t bad enough… IT’S A REMAKE. If it’s been filmed before, it’s a remake, there’s no dressing it up to make it seem more original.

  • fox91

    so sick of hearing about the remake debate lol i’m not going to comment in regards to that but what i will say is:
    WOO I’M EXCITED TO SEE WHAT THIS DIRECTOR DOES NEXT! he is fantastic!

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