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'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' adaptation will take place in early 2000s during 'pre-iPhone' years

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01/01/2011 by Kristina Lopez

The Hollywood adaptation of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" is one of the most highly anticipated films of 2011, and in a recent interview, director David Fincher revealed a key piece of information about the time period the film is slated to take place.

The upcoming movie, based on the first of the "Millennium" trilogy of crime novels by Swedish author Stieg Larsson, is set for release on Dec. 21, 2011.

"What year does it take place in? Well the books are delivered in 2004, so he's [Larsson] probably thinking in terms of 2003," Fincher tells Collider. "It's not published until 2005, 2007 is the iPhone, so all those apps that would be available to the iPhone are probably something that Salander would have access to 'cause she's a bit of a Mac junkie."

He adds, "So we just said, look everything has to be pre-iPhone technology, because otherwise they would be sitting there going 'Well we just go over here.' They would have a compass; they would be able to tell what the weather was like. So there's all that stuff, you just have to make a decision [that's] fairly arbitrary, basically everything in the movie is pre-iPhone."

Daniel Craig of "Quantum of Solace" and Rooney Mara of "The Social Network" star in the film as characters Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander.

In the story, Salander, a superhacker, private investigator and rape survivor, helps Blomkvist, an investigative Swedish journalist, tackle a freelance assignment by an elderly businessman who wants to find out what happened to his grand-niece.

The film began shooting in October. Fincher, who has directed films like "The Social Network," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," and "Fight Club," says one of the reasons he took on the film was "there was hopes of a franchise movie for adults."

"I just thought, you get an opportunity to hopefully pave the way for something like that to happen&you know, that would be a great thing," he said.

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