The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo named riskiest movie of 2011

Adaptation of Stieg Larsson bestseller a huge hassle to insure

An adaptation of a best-selling novel with director David Fincher at the helm doesn’t sound that risky for a studio, but insurers disagree when it comes to ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’.

The Sony film has just been named 2011’s riskiest movie, following in the footsteps of 2010’s stunt-heavy ‘Salt’, starring Angelina Jolie.

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Wendy Diaz of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co., who cover 80 per cent of US films, told Businessweek: “‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ featured a wide range of risky elements, including motorcycle, skateboarding, fight and torture scenes, and filming in foreign locations, which all contributed appreciably to its overall risk.”

A key motorcycle scene from the film also had to be changed due to insurance concerns.

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"Delays can cost a production millions of dollars if a cast member becomes injured and is unable to work,” said Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co.

The company didn’t say how much the insurance policy on this particular project cost the studio.

Still, with five Oscar nominations in the bag (including one for Rooney Mara), plus glowing reviews, it was definitely all worthwhile.