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Fincher's back!

01.20.2005

Returning to the genre that catapulted him to A-list status, David Fincher is in negotiations to direct ZODIAC, based on the notorious Zodiac killer. Paramount and Warner Bros. will co-finance the film that will follow the obsessive efforts of three individuals trying to catch the elusive serial killer and the strain it took on their personal lives. While WB will take the lead on producing the film, Paramount would distribute stateside. The Zodiac killer is one of the most infamous serial killers in part because of the brutal nature of the crimes and the fact that he was never captured. Part of the fascination with the Zodiac killer was the frequent letters he sent to local Bay area newspapers. One letter wrote, "ONLY ONE THING WAS ON MY MIND. MAKING HER PAY FOR ALL THE BRUSH OFFS THAT SHE HAD GIVEN ME DURING THE YEARS PRIOR. SHE DIED HARD. SHE SQUIRMED AND SHOOK AS I CHOCKED HER, AND HER LIPS TWICHED. SHE LET OUT A SCREAM ONCE AND I KICKED HER IN THE HEAD TO SHUT HER UP. I PLUNGED THE KNIFE INTO HER AND IT BROKE. I THEN FINISHED THE JOB BY CUTTING HER THROAT. I AM NOT SICK. I AM INSANE. BUT THAT WILL NOT STOP THE GAME." A morbid subject yes, but right up the alley of the man who revitalized the serial killer film and brought us the modern classic SEVEN. Fincher, WB and Paramount were working on an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON but could not agree on a budget when it soared over $150 million. (Can you imagine what Fincher could do with $150 million?!) No telling yet when filming could begin on the project. Fincher's last film was 2002's PANIC ROOM.

Source: Variety

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