April 22, 2014

Is David Fincher’s “Dragon Tattoo” screening at New York Film Festival? – AWARDS ALLEY


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Let the speculation begin.

Organizers at the New York Film Festival have revealed that a “work in progress from a master filmmaker” will screen Monday night, Oct. 10, at Avery Fisher Hall. The film “is due to be released in theaters this year,” which has Internet tongues wagging about what screening possibly could be. (Full release HERE)

The majority of commenters weighing in online hope that it’s David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” The auteur chose to world-premiere his “The Social Network” in New York last year, meaning there’s a pretty good chance that he’d bring his next film, due in theaters on Dec. 21, back to the fest. Sony also has done a decent job building up buzz by releasing an 8-minute teaser and a shorter, more-effective two-minute trailer for the anticipated adaptation. I have a hard time believing that the studio would reveal the Oscar hopeful on a Monday night in the middle of a festival, but with Fincher, you never know.

Stephen Daldry’s 9/11-themed “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” makes a ton of sense, seeing as how the subject matter would appeal directly to Gotham’s residents and the picture’s positioning itself for an Oscar run. But multiple Oscar trackers say Warner has denied that “Loud” will debut at NYFF, so we likely can rule that out.

Another possibility would be “The Iron Lady,” with Meryl Streep as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, though I’m not sure Phyllida Lloyd (“Mamma Mia!”) qualifies as a “masterful” filmmaker just yet.

Other titles tossed out by speculators include Martin Scorsese’s 3D effort “Hugo,” and Jason Reitman’s “Young Adult.” My guess? Francis Ford Coppola could be bringing his work-in-progress “Twixt” to New York after stops in multiple film festivals all year. Coppola certainly qualifies as a “masterful” filmmaker, and “Twixt” is supposed to come out at some point later this year. That seems to make more sense for a Monday night screening. We’ll find out what it is soon enough. What are your thoughts?

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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