David Fincher

The recent flurry of activity surrounding Gone Girl seems like a pretty good indication of where David Fincher‘s attention is focused right now. But that leaves the question of what’s going on with all those other projects he had brewing as his possible follow-up to 2011′s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

That includes the sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, titled The Girl Who Played With Fire, as well as Disney’s long-gestating 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Well, as it turns out, the good news is that the former isn’t dead, or at least not entirely. The bad news is that the latter is. Hit the jump for details.

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Just this morning there were gossip rag reports about Ben Affleck having a meeting with David Fincher, and here’s the result: the director has offered the actor a plum role in Gone Girl. Fincher is directing an adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel for Fox, with an eye towards production this fall. With the role being tossed Affleck’s way, the big question is how this works with Affleck’s plan to direct his own new movie, Live by Night.

Affleck would play a man who becomes a suspect in his wife’s disappearance, after she goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. Reese Witherspoon is among the film’s producers, leading to suspicion that she might play the missing woman. That casting isn’t confirmed at this point.

Variety reports that the current idea is to push back Affleck’s directorial effort so that he can shoot the lead role in Fincher’s film this fall. Then he’d go into Live by Night in January.  Read More »

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Progress on David Fincher‘s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea has been pretty slow going. He’s been set to direct since before his last film (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) even opened, but Disney’s been hemming and hawing about what it wants to do.

As of today, it looks like they’re still not quite ready to move forward. The Jules Verne adaptation has been stalled yet again, which means we likely won’t see it until 2015 at the earliest. Find out what the holdup is after the jump.

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Briefly: David Fincher‘s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea hasn’t yet been given the green light by Disney, but if that ever happens, Australia is waiting with open arms to welcome the production. The country has offered Disney $22.5m to shoot the film there — that’s a flat payment to bring the production down under. It’s the biggest incentive ever offered by Australia, and even bigger than the offer originally reported as likely to be on the table.

Deadline reports that the green light remains elusive while Fincher and his crew put together a cast for the film. Reportedly, if a good cast comes together, the film will be able to move forward. Having that tax incentive from Australia can’t hurt, and with this news getting out don’t be surprised to hear casting for the film in the next week or so.

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Before Veronica Mars could try to kickstart anything, David Fincher and Goon comic book creator, writer/artist Eric Powell, used the service to raise money to take a step or two forward with a proposed CG animated version of Powell’s comic. Goon has struggled forward as a project for a few years, with early test footage appearing at Comic Con years back, and Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti long attached to voice major characters.

They’re still attached, said Powell when asked recently about the status of the project. ”Everyone who was originally attached is still attached,” he said.

The Kickstarter campaign to raise money to produce a rough early version of the full feature was a success, and now Fincher, Powell, and Blur Studios are working to make the next stage of Goon‘s big-screen evolution a reality. Check out footage of Powell talking about the movie below.  Read More »

Last night I attended a screening of the first two episodes of House of Cards, followed by a conversation with David Fincher. I had already watched the entire series on Netflix, but it was great to see the show on a huge screen. Unlike other shows I’ve seen in special theater broadcasts, House of Cards felt more like a movie in the large format. Elvis Mitchell hosted the conversation at LACMA as part of Film Independent. While I usually like Mitchell’s Q & A’s, this one was a bit subpar as Mitchell tried to focus on his interpretations of characters and moments in the series, and Fincher wasn’t willing to consider those ideas as his own. But I did learn 11 interesting tidbits about Fincher and the series. Read them now after the jump.

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Despite the oft-repeated observation that the Oscars are the Super Bowl of movies, only the actual Super Bowl has managed to turn its commercial breaks into an event as big as the game itself. But the Academy Awards telecast is still a prime spot for brands wanting to make an impression, and some companies went to extra mile to tailor their promos specifically for the Oscars’ movie-loving audience.

Samsung‘s new promo for their Galaxy Note prominently featured Tim Burton mulling over a (fake) project about a unicorn apocalypse, while their competitors over at Apple name-checked David Fincher, Indiana Jones, and Back to the Future to promote the iPad. Meanwhile, the geniuses working for Kraft brought back the “Pardon me” Grey Poupon campaign of the ’80s, only with a more blockbuster-friendly spin. Hit the jump to watch them all.

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David Fincher has been attached to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for almost three years now, but Disney’s been waffling on whether or not it actually wants to move forward with the project. Last we heard in October, the studio had decided only to give itself more time to decide.

But now Fincher’s not the only one eager to get things going. The Australian government is offering Disney an eight-figure rebate to shoot Down Under. If all goes well, the project could enter pre-production this year. However, it may do so without previously rumored star Brad Pitt. Contrary to some reports, he is not set to star, or at least not yet. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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