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Fincher And Sony At Odds Over 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Running Time, More Footage Leaks (VIDEO)

10/20/2011 06:09 pm 18:09:27 | Updated Dec 20, 2011

The Playlist posted a long piece of insider stream-of-consciousness today on David Fincher's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." We've whittled it down to two vital points: a leak site called Mouth Taped Shut has struck again with a teaser of silent footage from the accident scene after which Christopher Plummer's character's niece disappears, catalyzing the entire plot. These leaks seem orchestrated either by Sony, by Fincher (with Sony's blessing), or by both, as the site's been around since summer.

Second, Fincher apparently has a half hour too long rough cut ready for Sony (clocking in at three hours), a known Fincherian indulgence that can screw up a film and its Oscar chances. "Zodiac," as The Playlist wrote at its old digs, was far too long. And even clipped-tongue critics (not to mention Paramount) found the three hour "Curious Case Of Benjamin Button" repetitive. So basically, this is very upsetting. We're all excited here about a badass adaptation of one of Stieg Larsson's pulpy books, and it looks like we might get the film equivalent of a senior thesis instead. To this we say: pull yourself together Fincher. You are a pro, and "Seven" was terrifying! Cut until you can cut no more!

For now though, here's the "leaked" teaser, which, it must be said, is just lo-fi enough to actually tease.

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CORRECTION: A previous version of this piece identified Daniel Craig as the actor playing character Henrik Vanger instead of Christopher Plummer, and misrepresented the accident scene. Both points have been changed.

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