Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
The very busy David Fincher now has one less project on his plate. For over a year now, he’s been in the running to direct Cleopatra, starring Anglina Jolie. However, a new report indicates that talks have broken off.
It’s not the end of the line for the film, though, as Sony is now on the lookout for someone else to take over at the helm. Even with Fincher off, they’ve clearly got their hearts set on locking down a prestige filmmaker: Ang Lee is said to be among their candidates. More details after the jump.
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The internet really makes it easy to show off ways in which one creator’s work is reflected in someone else’s career. Take David Fincher, who made his living as a popular and influential music video director before he was a feature director. Fincher’s videos for acts like George Michael, Madonna, and Aerosmith were hugely popular upon release, and it seems that one director was paying more attention than most.
Someone noticed that shots in Michael Bay‘s videos for Meat Loaf (and one bit in Bad Boys, above) look a lot like shots in various early Fincher videos. A lot like them. Let’s just call them near-exact duplications. So is this an example of education, homage, or theft? I’ll let you be the judge. (And the answer should be that this is just a fun bit of trivia for fans of either director, not anything to get worked up over.) Read More »
When David Fincher puts his name on a project, people take notice. Usually it’s as a director but, in some cases, he’s been known to produce too and that’s what he’ll do with IOU. The film, whose plot is being kept secret save for the fact it’s a “thriller”, is written by Michael Arlen Ross (Turistias) and directed by Jacob Aaron Estes (The Details, Mean Creek). They’re hoping to start shooting in January. Read more after the break. Read More »
Last week in London I had the opportunity to sit at a table with other journalists and interview Prometheus star Charlize Theron.
Charlize talks the evolution of the script from when she first read it to shoot, the secrecy of the production, the brilliance of working on practical sets vs. cg, the extent that Ridley Scott went to make everything feel real, gives a little bit of insight into the backstory of her character, being frightened by the unknown, deciding not to rewatch the Alien films before shooting, having fun with Fassbender in between takes on set, theories about her character, the delivery of dialogue, preparing for Mad Max: Fury Road, making big movies vs. making smaller movies, producing tv projects with Ridley Scott and David Fincher, the attraction to do tv over films, her obsession with HBO and Game of Thrones, finding time to take a vacation, and much more.
Read the entire interview after the jump. It contains only very minor spoilers (I have made any mild spoilers invisible, you need to highlight to reveal).
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John Carter isn’t the only write-down being talked about right now. While Disney’s recent release is a much bigger financial albatross, with the company being forced to call it a $200m loss, MGM now saying that David Fincher‘s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which it co-financed, hit below studio expectations and is “a modest loss.”
The studio wanted about 10% better returns on the picture, but the real takeaway here is what this effect this might have on further adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium novels. MGM has the option to co-finance the next two films and is interested in doing, so. But it wants “better economics,” which means cheaper films. And that could mean that David Fincher will not direct. Read More »
Even someone who has only passively followed David Fincher‘s career is likely to know that the producer/director isn’t much concerned about spending more money when the quality of a project is at stake. (Or his vision for the quality of a project, at least. Talk amongst yourselves about whether Panic Room might have been better as a faster, cheaper movie.)
In other words, Fincher has battled studios and financiers over budget in the past, and so it isn’t really a surprise to hear that he is butting heads with Media Rights Capitol over the money committed to House of Cards, which will star and be produced by Kevin Spacey. Netflix committed $100m to a 26-episode order for the show, the better to help transition towards being an original content provider. In fact, this story may end up being less about what happens to House of Cards and more about Netflix navigating the road towards cable channel status. Read More »
Briefly: David Fincher is committed to the integrity of his films. He’s committed to it to the degree that The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo won’t be released in India, because the director refused to make cuts. Variety reports that the January release of the movie was delayed to February, and that the Central Board of Film Certification demanded cuts to five scenes featuring nudity.
But when Sony conferred with David Fincher, he said the film could only be released uncut and unaltered. (Optical censoring is sometimes used to blur nudity, though that was evidently not an option here.) And so: no Dragon Tattoo for India. A local Sony spokesperson said,
Sony Pictures will not be releasing ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ in India. The Censor Board has adjudged the film unsuitable for public viewing in its unaltered form and, while we are committed to maintaining and protecting the vision of the director, we will, as always, respect the guidelines set by the board.
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Posted on Friday, January 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
Earlier this week, we reported on the apparent demise of the David Fincher-produced adaptation of Eric Powell‘s The Goon after star Paul Giamatti commented that the picture had run out of money. However, it now seems we were a bit too quick to give up on the long-gestating project. Powell has taken to his blog to address the issue, writing that “THE GOON FILM IS STILL ON THE TABLE,” and Giamatti and Fincher have since weighed in as well.
Long story short, the film’s still got a great many steps to go before it hits theaters — but it’s still very much clinging onto life. Read more after the jump.
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