David Fincher is doing a little work promoting the DVD release of The Social Network, and he sat down for an hour-long interview with Collider. There is some very detailed technical talk about the daily work of using multiple takes to build a scene — great stuff for the hardcore film nerds — and then mentions of future projects like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the long-in-development Rendezvous With Rama and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Read More »
Rendezvous With Rama Short Film
The Pitch: Last week it was revealed that David Fincher won’t be directing a big screen adaptation of Rendezvous With Rama after all. We used an image for our blog about the news which we just assumed was included in one of the many editions of the book. Apparently not. Longtime /Film reader Aaron Ross e-mailed to inform us that the image is actually from his short film. Ross directed and animated the short in 2001 while attending Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. We get a lot of VOTD submissions from film school students. As you would expect, most of them are horrible and never make it to the site. But every once in a while, a student short films surprises me. This is the case with Ross’s Rama-based short. You can definitely see the inspiration of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001. Aaron Ross has since been hired by Blue Sky Studios, and has worked on Robots, Ice Age: The Meltdown, Horton Hears a Who! and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
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David Fincher has been trying to get Rendezvous With Rama off the ground for some time now. Arthur C. Clarke‘s 1972 novel is set in the 22nd century, a group of human explorers, who intercept a thirty-mile-long cylindrical alien starship that passes through Earth’s solar system, and attempt to unlock its mysteries. Last we heard the Zodiac director was still waiting on a script, with preliminary plans to shoot the film using performance-capture. Our friends at First Showing got a chance to speak with Fincher over the weekend, and the director confirmed that the project will probably never happen.
“It looks like it’s not going to happen. There’s no script and as you know, [Morgan Freeman's] not in the best of health right now,” admitted Fincher. “We’ve been trying to do it but it’s probably not going to happen.”
This is unfortunate. I think I speak for everyone in saying that the idea of Fincher making a Sci-Fi movie should induce geekgasms. And I’m talking about a science fiction film where he has full control, unlike Alien 3. The plot however never fully intrigued me, and without Fincher or someone on his level involved, I’m not sure I care to see it on the big screen. I mean, who exactly wants to see Paul WS Anderson’s version of 2001: A Space Odyssey?
David Fincher sat down with MTV, and boy did he blab about a bunch of potential upcoming projects. First up he confirmed rumors that he wants to bring Fight Club to Broadway in 2009!?
“One of the things I want at the 10-year anniversary is to do “Fight Club” as a musical on Broadway. I love the idea of that.”
Fight Club is one of my favorite films of all time, although I’m not so sure about a musical adaptation. In 2004, author Chuck Palahuik was telling fans that Trent Reznor was writing the soundtrack. I wonder if that is still the case. Fincher says he’d love to work with Palahnuik again, and has been considering brining Lullaby to the big screen.
“I was pretty interested in Lullaby. It almost has to be dumbed down a bit for it to work as a movie. I always love his writing. It cracks me up.”
And with 3D being all the rage now-a-days, even Fincher has caught the fever:
“I’m in talks right now to do a series of CG-animated 3-D films for [fantasy comics magazine] Heavy Metal.”
Fincher has also been trying to get Rendezvous With Rama off the ground for some time now. Arthur C. Clarke’s 1972 novel is set in the 22nd century, a group of human explorers, who intercept a thirty-mile-long cylindrical alien starship that passes through Earth’s solar system, and attempt to unlock its mysteries. The Zodiac director says he’s waiting on a script.
“When they’re happy with it, they’ll send it to me. It’s a project I’ve always loved. It’s probably technologically within striking distance right now. That was always the thing: You couldn’t afford to build these things as sets. It’s just too huge.”
Fincher says they would probably shoot the sequences involving the humans on board the alien ship using motion-capture.
“There’s probably a week or two onboard the ship that you’d have to do the weightlessness and the landing before they get to Rama. We’d probably do it with some kind of performance-capture.”
This project still appears to be a few years off.