Just a few days ago a pretty significant controversy erupted over The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It began when The New Yorker’s film critic David Denby announced that he would be breaking the review embargo imposed on the film by publishing his review this week (yesterday, to be exact). He was able to see the film when Sony agreed to a last-minute screening of the pic after the New York Film Critics Circle moved up their voting deadline in order to be the first out the gate in the awards race. Uber-producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network, No Country for Old Men) was naturally upset, and you can read his email exchange with Denby (along with Matt’s thoughts on the matter) here.
That about brings us up to speed, and now director David Fincher has weighed in on the matter. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.
For those who don’t know the inner workings regarding the relationship between studios and film critics, it’s an illuminating story. For those that do, it asks interesting questions about what that relationship means. To begin, the New York Film Critics Circle moved up their voting deadline so they could be first out the gate in trying to steer the awards race (a meaningless endeavor since last year showed that near-universal critical love for The Social Network wasn’t enough to beat out the Academy-friendly The King’s Speech). To accommodate this new deadline, Sony agreed to provide a last-minute screening of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. However, this screening was for voting purposes only. Reviews were embargoed until December 13th.
The New Yorker’s film critic David Denby broke this embargo and his review went online today. Unsurprisingly, Dragon Tattoo producer Scott Rudin wasn’t too pleased with this development and after the jump you’ll find the e-mail correspondence between the two.