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Can't it just be October 3rd already? I already know Gone Girl will be good because I've never disliked a David Fincher movie and I love the book by Gillian Flynn. But I'm starting to be more and more convinced this will be one of Fincher's major works. For me his best stuff is Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac and The Social Network (with The Game, Panic Room, Benjamin Button and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo all being very good but not all time greats). My money is on this new one joining the upper ranks. This new TV Spot doesn't diminish any of that and focusses on the tribulations of Ben Affleck's character (be sure to check out the trailer first if you haven't seen it). Hit the jump to take a look at the new Gone Girl TV Spot. The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, »
- Evan Dickson
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
In a rather candid interview with Playboy the director of The Social Network and Fight Club discussed his plans to adapt Jules Verne's classic novel, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. A film that was nixed because Fincher and Disney could not agree on the cast. Fincher: Dude, it was fucking cool. It was smart and crazy entertaining, with the Nautilus crew fighting every kind of gigantic Ray Harryhausen thing. But it also had this riptide to it. We were doing Osama bin Nemo, a Middle Eastern prince from a wealthy family who has decided that white imperialism is evil and should be resisted. The notion was to put kids in a place where they’d say, “I agree with everything he espouses. I take issue with his means—or his ends.” I really wanted to do it, but in the end I didn’t have the stomach lining for it. »
David Fincher fans, rejoice! With the filmmaker's “Gone Girl” opening in just a few weeks, the dedication couldn’t be more timely, and a new video compilation that pays homage to the “Se7en” director has arrived online. Edited by Daniel Silva, the nearly 17-minute tribute splices together clips from each of Fincher’s nine feature films (with the noted exception of “Alien 3”), not including his 1985 documentary, “The Beat of the Live Drum.” Watch closely—or event not so closely—and you’ll recognize scenes from “Se7en,” “The Game,” “Fight Club,” “Panic Room,” “Zodiac,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Social Network” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” VIewing snippets from each of the films back-to-back like this, it becomes easy to see what defines a Fincher film and makes his filmography unique. The importance of music, lighting, Brad Pitt and ever-flowing camera movement cannot be underplayed as »
- Zach Hollwedel
As one of modern American cinema.s greatest directors, you can.t help but get excited when David Fincher starts work on a new project. Unfortunately, for all the Fincher-aholics out there, it looks as though his proposed remake of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea has hit a snag after he revealed that his casting choices for the nautical epic have forced Disney to reconsider the film. During a rather incredible chat David Fincher had with Little White Lies, which saw the Social Network and Fight Club filmmaker discuss a wide variety of cinematic topics, Fincher was asked if he.d ever had a mega, multi-million dollar blockbuster offered to him. After at first insisting, "I don.t think anyone would come to me with a money-is-no-object proposition," Fincher then recalled how he had been ready to go out to Australia to film a remake of the 1954 Disney adventure, 20,000 Leagues »
David Fincher wanted to reunite with his Fight Club star Brad Pitt for 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas, but Pitt turned down the lead role of Ned Land. The role Kirk Douglas played in Disney 1954 film based on Jules Verne's novel. After that, Fincher approached Daniel Craig ("Skyfall") and Matt Damon ("Finding Forrester"), but they too passed on the opportunity. When Fincher finally decided upon Channing Tatum ("22 Jump Street") for the part Disney balked at the choice and urged him to go with Chris Hemsworth ("Avengers: Age of Ultron"). Now, Fincher is doing press for Gone Girl and in an interview with Little White Lies he gives some insight his conflict with Disney that sank the film. "You get over $200 million — all motion picture companies have corporate culture and corporate anxieties," he explained. "Once we got past the list of people we could cast as the different characters »
Klaus, Elijah and their fellow supes are picking up the pieces of The Originals‘ hellish first season in a new gallery of first-look photos from the Season 2 premiere.
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One thing’s for sure: Life in New Orleans is not a pretty picture in the drama’s sophomore outing — unless, of course, we’re talking about the painting Klaus is working on in one of the shots. That is literally a pretty picture.
Meanwhile, Hayley appears to be sulking after the events of last season’s finale »
A couple years ago, David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) was knee-deep in location scouting for an adaptation of Jules Verne’s seminal science fiction novel, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea for Disney. After several delays and casting shakedowns, the project failed to materialize and Fincher moved on to adapting Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl instead.
It were those disputes over casting that eventually put the kibosh on the adaptation, according to Fincher. He was recently interviewed by Little White Lies and spoke candidly about the things going on behind the scenes that sunk 20,000 Leagues, saying:
“You get over $200 million — all motion picture companies have corporate culture and corporate anxieties. Once we got past the list of people we could cast as the different characters in the film, once we got past one or two names which made them very comfortable, making a movie at that price, it became this »
- James Garcia
Fifteen years ago this week, Sam Mendes’ film American Beauty arrived in U.S. theaters. In Florida, a film critic named Jay Boyar reviewed Mendes’ first full-length feature for the Orlando Sentinel—and he wrote that after seeing it, he “decided that the little satirical film would come and go without much fuss.”
However: “In the weeks since I saw the film, it has opened in a few places to ridiculously generous reviews,” Boyar mused. “Entertainment Weekly called it ‘bracing in its intensity’ and the New York Times praised its ‘eloquent flights of fancy.’ I’m sorry to say that »
- Ashley Fetters & Esther Zuckerman
David Fincher isn't a comedy director by trade, but his work has a wicked sense of humor. The violent psyches of "Fight Club," the plentiful frustration in "Zodiac" and Jesse Eisenberg's love him/hate him work as Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network" were dramatic explorations tinged with comedy. Though the trailer for his latest, "Gone Girl," sets up a haunting thriller crafted with Fincher's meticulous style, recent comments from the director warn audiences to brace themselves: This could be his "funniest" movie yet. In an excerpt from an upcoming Film Comment interview, Fincher teases his approach to rejiggering author Gillian Flynn's non-linear bestseller into a thriller with satirical bite: "You have to choose which aspect you want to make a movie from. Most interesting to me was the idea of our collective narcissism as it relates to coupling, or who we show to our would-be mates »
- Matt Patches
Had things turned out differently, it wouldn't be "Gone Girl" hitting theaters in a couple of weeks. For a moment, it looked like David Fincher would be going blockbuster, directing Disney's "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea." Fincher had done location scouting in Australia in 2012, and in the spring of 2013, the government had gone ahead and approved tax rebates and refunds for the production. However, one holdup remained: casting. Fincher had sought his "Fight Club" and "Se7en" star Brad Pitt, but he passed on the movie, while the director also had his eye on Channing Tatum. Meanwhile, the studio was keen on Chris Hemsworth. And it seems the filmmaker and studio could never get on the same page about who should star. In an interview with Little White Lies (via Brad Pitt Online), the director discusses the roadblocks that prevented him from making the underwater adventure movie. "You get over $200 million — all motion picture companies. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
David Fincher ("Fight Club") recently chatted with the Swedish film site, Afton Bladet (translations via Film Divider), regarding the chances of a sequel to his 2011 film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. "I think because it [Sony] already has spent millions of dollars on the rights and the script so it will result in something. The script that we now have a huge potential, I can reveal as much as it is extremely different from the book." David Fincher It was based on the book by Stieg Larsson, which is part of a trilogy and it starred Rooney Mara ("The Social Network") as Lisbeth Salander and Daniel Craig ("Skyfall") as Mikael Blomkvist. The film pulled in $232 million at the worldwide box office. Fans of the book aren't going to be happy to hear that a sequel will be extremely different from the book as “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and »
In 2011, David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en) co-wrote and directed an adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s highly acclaimed Swedish crime novel The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo starring Daniel Craig (Skyfall) as troubled journalist-turned-detective Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara (Her) as badass hacker Lisbeth Salander. Despite reaping a tonne of money and award nominations the general consensus is that Sony regarded the movie as a failure.
Speaking recently to the Swedish press while on tour promoting his latest film Gone Girl, Fincher provided a small update on the proposed sequel The Girl Who Played With Fire: “I think because [Sony] already has spent millions of dollars on the rights and the script so it will result in something. The script that we now have [has] a huge potential, I can reveal as much as it is extremely different from the book.”
The assumption was that a second and third movie would instantly »
- Gavin Logan
Not content with making movies out of the books of William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy, James Franco apparently has plans to expand his repertoire to include the work of Chuck Palahniuk, as reports have surfaced that Franco just purchased the rights to Palahniuk’s novel Rant.
For those are not Palahniuk-philes, Rant tells the story of Buster “Rant” Casey, a high school rebel who leaves his small town to journey to the big city and become the leader of an “urban demolition derby” known as Party Crashing. Following his violent death, Rant’s friends collect information needed to tell an oral history of his life as “the most efficient serial killer of our time.”
Well, that does sound like good fodder for a film. It’s unclear whether Franco will be directing, producing, or merely starring in the film version of Rant, though personally I hope for the latter. Franco »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Another of Chuck Palahniuk’s works is being brought from the page to the big screen. No, not the still-surprising Fight Club 2—it’s his novel Rant, which will make the transition thanks to James Franco.
As Lit Reactor first reported, Franco has optioned the rights to adapt Palahniuk’s 2007 book, which goes by the full title Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey. The author and Franco both confirmed the news on Twitter on Sept. 11.
Buster Casey is coming to the big screen! @JamesFrancoTV just optioned Rant! Details here – http://t.co/IxfyI0vHlZ #rant
— Chuck Palahniuk (@chuckpalahniuk) September 11, 2014
Me And Chuck Palahniuk! »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Lit Reactor today brings news that Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk’s 2007 novel Rant is to be adapted for the screen by actor/director James Franco (Spider-Man, Pineapple Express), who has picked up the rights.
The author is quoted as saying: “As of last night we’ve finalized a deal for James Franco to option my novel Rant…..Details about the casting, shooting and a proposed release date will be forthcoming. Hurray. After the opportunity to work with Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Sam Rockwell, I can’t imagine a more exciting actor to work with than Franco.”
After Fight Club in 1999 and the under-rated Choke in 2008 (which starred Rockwell), this will be the third of Palahniuk’s novels to be brought to the screen. It will also mark another book-adaptation directorial job for Franco, who is making a habit of adapting famous novels, including 2013 effort As I Lay Dying, »
- Scott Davis
The actor and filmmaker will adapt the Fight Club author's 2007 novel.
"As of last night we've finalised a deal for James Franco to option my novel Rant," Palahniuk told Lit Reactor. "Details about the casting, shooting and a proposed release date will be forthcoming. Hurray.
It is yet to be revealed whether Franco intends to direct, produce or star in the film, or all three.
Rant recounts the strange life of Buster Casey as told by his friends at his wake.
Franco will next be seen in his Sound and the Fury adaptation. »
You would have been justified in thinking that a comic book Fight Club sequel would be the strangest (and most fucking fabulous) Chuck Palahniuk news that would come out this year, but you.d be half-wrong. James "I fit in all the labels" Franco has just bought up the option for Palahniuk.s bizarre 2007 novel Rant, with plans to bring it to the big screen. I seriously don.t think the world is ready for Buster Casey. Putting aside the fact that Franco is doing something generally done by studio execs, one has to wonder what he.s doing with Rant, a story that is immensely different from those he has acted in and/or adapted in the past. The LitReactor story doesn.t mention whether Franco will direct, write, or star in the movie, but we can assume he will produce it. Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey, »
James Franco keeps his slate full with notable literary adaptations like The Sound and the Fury, Child of God, and Zeroville. Franco will add another, as Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk tells Lit Reactor that Franco optioned his book Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey. Set in the near future, the story centers on recounted memories of Buster "Rant" Casey, the leader of an urban demolition derby who "will die a spectacular highway death, after which his friends gather the testimony needed to build an oral history of his short, violent life." Deadline adds that Franco is eying the title role and Pamela Romanowsky is in line to write and direct the adaptation. Hit the jump for Palahniuk's full quote and the book synopsis: Here's what Palahniuk told Lit Reactor: As of last night we've finalized a deal for James Franco to option my novel Rant. Details about the casting, »
- Brendan Bettinger
James Franco has closed a deal to acquire Rant, the 2007 novel by Fight Club author Chuck Pahlaniuk. Franco is eyeing playing the title role, Buster Rant Casey, a murderous demolition driver who takes part in the Party Crashing derby in a world where people intentionally crash into each other violently to feel, and create a vivid reality of the experience. Franco and his Rabbit Bandini partner Vince Jolivette are looking to have Pamela Romanowsky write the script and direct the film. She is best known for Adderall Diaries, which Franco and Jolivette produced. The book deal was brokered by Resolution and Franco is repped by CAA.
- Mike Fleming Jr
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