Sunday, May 19, 2024

Dragon Tattoo Choice: Good for Indie Film Too


Rooney Mara — a relative unknown–has been chosen to play the lead character in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

That’s good new for two indie film directors who hired Mara last year for their relatively inexpensive coming of age story.

Tatiana von Furstenberg and Francesca Gregorini directed and produced “Tanner Hall,” which was shown last year at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival. The movie got great reviews, but its lack of star power made sale to a distributor not so easy.

“Tanner Hall” has been waiting for a release date, and a commitment, I’m told, from AMC Theaters.

Now that Mara is an overnight star, “Tanner Hall” may find an easier birth after all.

You’d think it wouldn’t have been so hard for the film to find a distributor. von Furstenberg is famous Diane’s daughter, and Gregorini counts Barbara Bach and Ringo Starr as mother and stepfather.

But the indie film system isn’t what it used to be. Even Mark Ruffalo has had trouble finding a place for his much praised Sundance directing debut, called “Sympathy for Delicious.” The newly annointed Hulk from “The Avengers” is still trying to make a deal for theatrical release.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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