David Fincher took on the digital revolution this year in his film ‘The Social Network,’ but for his next guaranteed blockbuster, the American remake of ‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,’ he’s going a little bit old school.
Fincher spoke with the film site Collider to discuss how he approached the technology and mystery aspects of the hit Swedish book and film series, of which he got the opportunity to make with English-speaking actors.
“Well you get asked these questions, you know we’re going through this with Dragon Tattoo now, what year does it take place in? Well the books are delivered in 2004, so he’s probably thinking in terms of 2003, it’s not published until 2005, 2007 is the iPhone, so all those apps that would be available to the iPhone are probably something that Salander would have access to ‘cause she’s a bit of a Mac junkie. So you kind of go, ‘Well where do we draw the line?’ So we just said, look everything has to be pre-iPhone technology, because otherwise they would be sitting there going ‘Well we just go over here.’ They would have a compass; they would be able to tell what the weather was like. So there’s all that stuff, you just have to make a decision [that’s] fairly arbitrary, basically everything in the movie is pre-iPhone.”