First off, to my understanding Niels Arden Oplev doesn't so much "rip the Hollywood remake". Wouldn't make much sense, either, months before that "remake" is even finished, and could only be considered non-professional. Secondly, what Oplev actually says is mostly in defense of his leading actress Noomi Rapace, "the only thing that's annoying me is the Sony PR machine is trying to make their Lisbeth Salander the lead Lisbeth Salander. That’s highly unfair because Noomi has captured this part and it should always be all her. That’s her legacy in a way I can’t see anyone competing with. I hope she gets nominated for an Oscar."
What Oplev is arguing against is the more fundamental question, why make American remakes of everything and not go and see the original. While I understand that reasoning, I want to accompany it with the comment that David Fincher's version of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" has publicly and several times been referred to as a new adaptation of Stieg Larsson's novel – not a remake of the Swedish movie.
I have seen the Swedish films and thought they were very well made. Especially Noomi Rapace: She truly gives the performance of a lifetime. Nonetheless I find this an exciting situation: having two films made from the same source material, done with the powers and potentials of two very different market places. Of course I am not nonpartisan on this issue, since I am confident that if there is a director out there, who can deliver a worthy and stunning American version of the novel, it is David Fincher. Due to that I follow the general rhetoric that hey, if the books sell by the millions world-wide, an American adaptation of these books will probably be more easily able to do justice to the demand than a Swedish film -- and that is not an artistic judgement of either one of the adaptations but a mere fact of the current Hollywood dominated international distribution structure. So at the end of the day, once you learn they make two films from the same book, no matter who you are, you could be Alfred Hitchcock, I bet you will be nervous if "the other guy" is of the caliber of David Fincher.
What do you think?
Here's the original story, on wordandfilm.com: