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I’ll file this one under “I’ll believe it when I see it,” but here goes nothing: it seems that Brad Pitt and Paramount are currently courting David Fincher to direct the sequel to 2013’s World War Z. Nothing has been confirmed and no dotted lines have been John Hancocked, but the Gone Girl director seems to be current choice to take over the project. There’s a lot of baggage to sort through here and a dozen different reasons while he would say no to this job, but let’s take a moment to imagine a zombie apocalypse film directed by a filmmaker as meticulous and remorseless as Fincher. That would be the exact kick in the rear this burgeoning franchise needs.

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Following up the disastrous experience of making Alien 3, director David Fincher made the uncompromising and unforgettable thriller, Se7en. Instead of directing a butchered version of Andrew Kevin Walker‘s hot spec script, Fincher and the film’s stars, Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, fought to preserve one of the script’s most defining scenes–the ending. Fincher was initially sent an old draft of the script, which included the original ending before it was rewritten. After being informed he received the wrong draft, the director said he’d only make it if they used the original script. And thank God he made that decision, because if he hadn’t made Se7en, perhaps we would’ve gotten the watered down version of Detective Somerset’s (Freeman) grueling story. Worst of all, the filmmaker never would’ve won his MTV movie award.

The original Se7en poster with two floating heads is fine, but the custom Se7en poster featured below, inspired by the artist/fan’s theory, does the great thriller justice.

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Almost eight years ago director David Fincher optioned the movie rights to Eric Powell‘s Dark Horse comic book series The Goon, which started back in 1999. Over the years, Blur’s animated project has struggled to acquire financing. Back in 2013, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, Powell said the comic book adaptation was still moving forward. The few hundred ground went towards paying for a feature-length story reel, which was meant to attract financiers. Since then, we’ve heard very little.

The Goon has been in development long enough that some may have forgotten that Deadpool director, Tim Miller, is co-directing the film. Well, Miller finally has an update on The Goon development.

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Aaron Sorkin has collaborated with some of the best filmmakers working today. Bennett Miller (Moneyball), Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs), and David Fincher (The Social Network) — all of them made first-rate films out of Sorkin’s first-rate writing.

The acclaimed screenwriter is finally tackling one of his own scripts as a director, an adaptation of Molly’s Game. In a recent interview, while the Academy Award-winning writer discussed his directorial debut and the rest of his career, he praised Fincher’s commitment and drive.

Below, Aaron Sorkin discusses David Fincher, the opening of The Social Network, and more.

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Back in 2010, Mindhunter was set up at HBO, but the David Fincher-produced show recently found a new home at Netflix. Following a successful collaboration on House of Cards, Fincher, along with Charlize Theron, is adapting John Douglas and Mark Olshaker‘s book, “Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit,” for the streaming service.

Anna Torv (Fringe) and Jonathan Groff (Looking) have just joined the Mindhunter cast. Learn more about the television series below.

UPDATE: Holt McCallany (Lights Out) has just been cast as the Mindhunter lead, and new details have emerged about his and his co-star’s roles. More details after the jump.

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After years of working on the Freddie Mercury biopic, Sacha Baron Cohen parted ways with the project over “creative differences.” Cohen envisioned a warts-and-all, honest bio film, but the remaining members of Queen, unfortunately, were not supportive of that vision.

Below, Sacha Baron Cohen discusses what went wrong with the long-awaited Freddie Mercury biopic, which David Fincher wanted to direct at one point.

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James Mangold Will Direct ‘Captain Nemo’ For Disney

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A loose adaptation of Jules Verne‘s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” is alive again at Disney. The film, titled Captain Nemo, took a hit back in 2013, when the studio pumped the breaks on David Fincher‘s (Gone Girl) vision. Two years later, they’ve found their replacement: James Mangold (The Wolverine).

Learn more about the project after the jump.

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David Fincher is returning to Netflix. The director was working on two HBO shows, Video Synchronicity and the sci-fi mystery Utopia, but the former halted production, while the latter ran into budget issues and its actors, including Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), were released from their contracts. It’s a shame both shows didn’t move forward, but it’s not the first time a promising project involving Fincher didn’t come to fruition. After a successful collaboration with Netflix, though, the acclaimed filmmaker is bringing another show to the streaming service.

Find out more about Mindhunter after the jump.

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If the first trailer for Deadpool is any indication, fans of the Merc with a Mouth should be getting the movie they deserve after a horrid introduction to the big screen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But it’s been a long road to get this project off the ground for writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, director Tim Miller and star Ryan Reynolds.

Just recently, an interview with Wernick and Reese had the duo talking about the path to get Deadpool in front of cameras, and they revealed some integral support from a couple of surprising filmmakers: James Cameron and David Fincher. Find out how they helped after the jump. Read More »

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Danny Boyle Steve Jobs interview

Danny Boyle‘s Steve Jobs is my favorite movie of the year so far. I love so much about this film. I love how it’s a biopic without being a biopic. I love how it captures the truth and essence of a person, but probably 90% of the events and conversations in the movie never happened (or at very least, not at a keynote). I love Aaron Sorkin‘s intense dialogue and Michael Fasbender‘s performance — he may not look like Steve Jobs at the start of this movie, but by the end of the movie he transforms into the man.

Hit the jump to read my Danny Boyle Steve Jobs interview.

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