David Fincher

The Oscar-winning team behind The Social Network is taking on tech-reality once again. David Fincher is in early talks to direct a Steve Jobs biopic written by Aaron Sorkin.

Update: New reports say that Fincher isn’t yet in talks, but he’s taking a meeting about the film. Our headline has been changed to reflect his more tenuous status with the project. More details below.

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David Fincher

Adapting a UK show for television worked out well for David Fincher, who with Beau Willimon and a host of other talents adapted House of Cards for Netflix. Just a day before that show’s second season hits the streaming service, Fincher is taking on another UK show adaptation.

With Gillian Flynn, who scripted an adaptation of her own novel Gone Girl for Fincher to direct as a feature film, Fincher will remake the show Utopia for HBO. Flynn will script, she, Fincher and Joshua Donen will exec produce, and Fincher will direct the pilot. Read More »

‘House of Cards’ Renewed for Third Season

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Briefly: The second season of House of Cards won’t hit Netflix for another ten days, but a third season is already a definite. The show has just been renewed by Netflix, so exec producers David Fincher and Beau Willimon have a mandate to go back to work. Not that this is a surprise, given that Netflix execs have pledged to continue the show. But it’s good to know that we’ll have thirteen more hours of Kevin Spacey as power-hungry politician Frank Underwood, and (even more so) Robin Wright as Underwood’s iron-willed wife. [LAT]

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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have provided two memorable scores for David Fincher‘s recent films: the Oscar-winning music for The Social Network, and the equally good if less-rewarded score for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The two musicians will contribute to Fincher’s upcoming Gone Girl, too, as confirmed by Reznor today on Twitter:

That should up the anticipation for the new film a little bit. Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Carrie Coon, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris and Emily Ratajkowski, and is set to open on October 3, 2014. We probably won’t have to wait that long to get a good taste of the score, and it’s nice to know that fall will bring a new score from the duo.

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Gillian Flynn‘s best-selling novel, Gone Girl, has one of the most divisive endings in recent memory. (It’s an ending we won’t spoil here.) Having read the book, I remember thinking, “Audiences are going to be so pissed if David Fincher‘s movie ends this way.” Turns out, that might not be a problem. We’ve known that he was’t going to be as faithful to the novel as he was with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly the author, who adapted her own novel for the screen, admitted she reworked much of the original story. Part of that is an entirely new third act. Read the quotes, which will avoid spoilers, below. Read More »

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Following 2011′s chilly The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, David Fincher is back with another dark, twisted literary mystery — this one based on Gillian Flynn‘s smash hit novel Gone Girl. The pic features Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne and Rosamund Pike as his missing wife Amy, and the first still hit a few weeks back. Today we have another, less literal peek at the film. And what it promises is that this adaptation will be every bit as creepy as fans of Fincher and/or Flynn could hope.

On the latest cover of Entertainment Weekly is a promotional photo for Gone Girl, shot by Fincher himself, that features Affleck cuddling with an apparently dead Pike. It’s not a still from the film, and doesn’t correspond to any actual scene from the book. But maybe that’s the point — Fincher and Flynn say that they tried not to be too precious about the source material when making the movie.

Hit the jump to see the image and read their comments.

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Here’s the full trailer for the second season of House of Cards, and it is just full of drama, scheming, anger, and all the devious political maneuvering that made the first season so great. There are even more hints of murder here — is a new victim going to be ground up in one of Frank Underwood’s ruthless power ploys, and not just in a political sense?

Season two once again stars Kevin Spacey as Underwood, who begins the season by assuming the office of the Vice President of the United States, and the supporting cast includes a mix of returning players and new faces: Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Michael Gill, Gerald McRaney, Michael Kelly, Mahershala Ali, Sebastian Arcelus, Kristen Connolly, Sam Page and Molly Parker.

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David Fincher directing House of Cards

Briefly: Some of the best director commentaries out there are from David Fincher, whose discussions about each of his films are super-detailed and free of the “you had to be there” stories that make some commentaries little more than a genial hangout session with the filmmakers. Hanging out is great, but if you want a commentary you might learn from, Fincher is a good bet.

So it’s great that Netflix has added director commentaries to the first season of House of Cards, which Fincher produced, and which features him as director of two episodes. There are also commentaries from James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross), Joel Schumacher (The Client), Charles McDougall (The Good Wife), Carl Franklin (Homeland), and Allen Coulter (The Sopranos).

This is all a promo, more or less, for the second season of House of Cards, which will be available in its entirety on February 14. As promos go, it’s a great one. Get to the commentaries through the subtitle option on your Netflix portal of choice.

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