Is Stieg Larsson’s largely female fanbase too thin-skinned to see their beloved Lisbeth Salandar come to life on the big screen? According to this report in New York Magazine, women who were drawn to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo are being “scared off” by director David Fincher’s “unforgivingly creepy and dark” interpretation of the first book in Larsson’s wildly successful series. That makes sense. Obviously the only reason women wouldn’t want to see this movie is because they’re scared.
Today, Sony announced that it would be moving the release date of the flick up to December 20, but so far, according to one ex Sony exec, numbers show that while tons of girls have read the books, only 36% of women expressed “definite interest” in seeing this horribly scary downer of a flick. And it’s not because of misogynistic violence against women, which we are apparently totally cool with. It’s because we are just too bummed out and/or terrified of the trailers. (Note: Has anyone even seen this trailer?)
Forget that these numbers may not even be accurate. It doesn’t seem like any other factors outside of obvious lady delicacy were considered as a reason for the lack of interest. One marketing exec even attested that women simply just don’t want to see such “dark” films this time of year because holidays are all about cheerfulness. Which is probably the reason “Black Swan” was so successful last holiday season.
Off the top our heads, we can come up with a bunch of reasons why females might not want to see the movie. For example, someone who’s already read the book might not be thrilled to pay $12.50 to see a movie when she knows what happens in the end. (Girls are smart like that.)
Other Crushable theories include: Rooney Mara is a relatively unknown actress, Daniel Craig has more appeal with a male audience, the first book in the series is relatively slow and boring and drawn out, and they already made this movie in Sweden and real fans have seen it. Also: Twilight hasn’t even ended yet so we’re just not ready to move on to a new film series.
If girls don’t want to see this movie, is it because they are afraid? We think not.
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