Niels Arden Oplev

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Niels Arden Oplev
Born (1961-03-26) 26 March 1961 (age 60)
Oue, Denmark

Niels Arden Oplev (pronounced [ˈne̝ls ˈɑˀtn̩ ˈʌple̝w]; born 26 March 1961) is a Danish film director and screenwriter.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Oplev was born in Oue, Denmark. His 1996 film Portland was entered into the 46th Berlin International Film Festival.[2]

He directed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the 2009 Swedish film based on Stieg Larsson's novel of the same title, and won critical acclaim internationally. The film broke box office records in Europe, grossing over 100 million US dollars.[3] Oplev decided to not continue directing the second and third parts of the Millennium Trilogy due to time constraints.

As announced on 30 November 2012, Oplev directed the pilot of a 13-episode mini-series based on the Stephen King novel Under the Dome for CBS.[4]

He directed Dead Man Down, a 2013 film starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Dominic Cooper, and Terrence Howard.[5]

He is set to direct The Keep based again on the novel with the same name[6] and Good People based on the novel by Marcus Sakey.[7]



Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
1996 Portland Yes N/A Yes
2001 Chop Chop Yes N/A Yes
2006 We Shall Overcome Yes N/A Yes
2008 Worlds Apart Yes N/A Yes
2009 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Yes N/A N/A
2013 Dead Man Down Yes N/A N/A
2014 Speed Walking Yes N/A N/A
2017 Flatliners Yes N/A N/A
2019 Daniel Yes Executive N/A


Year Title Director Producer Notes
2013 Under the Dome Yes Yes
2015 Mr. Robot Yes Executive
2016 Game of Silence Yes Executive
2017 Midnight, Texas Yes Executive
2018 FBI Yes Executive


  1. ^ Kosmorama. Danske Filmmuseum. 2010. p. 136. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  2. ^ "Berlinale: 1996 Programme". Retrieved 2012-01-01.
  3. ^ "Interview with Niels Arden Oplev, director of 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'". Archived from the original on 2010-04-17. Retrieved 2010-10-27.
  4. ^ "CBS Orders 'Under the Dome' Series from Steven Spielberg & Stephen King; Neal Baer to Run, Niels Arden Oplev to Direct". 29 November 2012.
  5. ^ McClintock, Pamela (21 June 2012). "Colin Farrell-Noomi Rapace Crime Thriller 'Dead Man Down' Sets 2013 Release". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 May 2020.
  6. ^ "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Director, Niels Arden Oplev, Enters The Keep". Dread Central. 11 September 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Niels Arden Oplev to Direct GOOD PEOPLE Starring Tobey Maguire". Collider. Retrieved 14 May 2015.

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