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12.04.2008

Here's something I just don't get: Paramount has a David Fincher crime thriller ready to go and are dangerously close to letting the option expire next month. Fincher has set up NESS, a script based on the Brian Michael Bendis graphic novel "Torso," with Matt Damon to star but can't get the studio to commit. He's also gotten Casey Affleck and Rachel McAdams to star in the film but that's still not enough. And why is Paramount hesistating? Jeff Wells adds that a source close to Fincher told him that the studio would rather him direct CHEF a comedy starring Keanu Reeves. What?! I've been confused by this CHEF movie since it leaked because a light-hearted Keanu Reeves comedy seems so out of the Fincher norm that I can hardly believe it. Is this still hesitation because ZODIAC disappointed at the box-office? I get that line of thinking but reconsider that it's one of the great police procedural thrillers of all time. Any director can make a halfway decent Keanu Reeves comedy about chefs. Very, very few directors can make a crime thriller like Fincher. There's still about 10 days to make a decision before the option on NESS lapses so how about we get this sucker greenlit?

Extra Tidbit: Dismembered body parts have started washing up in a concentrated area of Lake Erie Sound. Their headless torsos have left no clues to their identity or the reason for death...
Source: EW

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8:59AM on 12/05/2008

maybe

they're waiting to see how benjamin button does
they're waiting to see how benjamin button does
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8:07AM on 12/05/2008
I would have lost all interest if it were Ben Affleck starring in it. But this is okay, I'd give it a shot.
I would have lost all interest if it were Ben Affleck starring in it. But this is okay, I'd give it a shot.
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5:19PM on 12/04/2008

The studios are in it to make money

I mean they're businesses, it's what they do and even though we obviously disagree with them, you can't really blame them. Zodiac cost $80M to make and only earned $33M in the states, that's a loss of almost $50 Million dollars, it didn't even make half it's budget back. Of course Zodiac was also an amazing film, but if you're a studio exec, of course you're going to want your director's next film to be more mainstream, rather than risking another $50M loss. I mean as a filmgoer would I rather
I mean they're businesses, it's what they do and even though we obviously disagree with them, you can't really blame them. Zodiac cost $80M to make and only earned $33M in the states, that's a loss of almost $50 Million dollars, it didn't even make half it's budget back. Of course Zodiac was also an amazing film, but if you're a studio exec, of course you're going to want your director's next film to be more mainstream, rather than risking another $50M loss. I mean as a filmgoer would I rather see Fincher make Torso? Of course, but the exec has got to do his job. Studios are laying off employees in the hundreds these days I'm sure he doesn't want to become one of them.
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3:39PM on 12/04/2008

asd

I hope one of these dumb execs is reading this exact article and realizes "what the fuck am I thinking, this dude's right"
I hope one of these dumb execs is reading this exact article and realizes "what the fuck am I thinking, this dude's right"
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1:58PM on 12/04/2008
I can just imagine the heads asking fincher, so what do you think of Judd Apatow?. Do you think you can make a movie like that.
I can just imagine the heads asking fincher, so what do you think of Judd Apatow?. Do you think you can make a movie like that.
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1:16PM on 12/04/2008
Chef? I thought the chef movie was called SEARED and was a dark comedy that Fincher was interested to do with Brad Pitt a while back. I could be down for that because Pitt has some great comedic timing.
Chef? I thought the chef movie was called SEARED and was a dark comedy that Fincher was interested to do with Brad Pitt a while back. I could be down for that because Pitt has some great comedic timing.
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1:10PM on 12/04/2008

Zodiac kinda bombed

Maybe they are afraid Fincher is being repetitive. A change of pace sometimes is a good thing.
Maybe they are afraid Fincher is being repetitive. A change of pace sometimes is a good thing.
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12:26PM on 12/04/2008

Bendis rules!

With the source material, actors attached and Fincher, this movie would be an instant classic.
With the source material, actors attached and Fincher, this movie would be an instant classic.
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11:30AM on 12/04/2008
The only good thing that would come of a Scorsese directed Larry the Cable Guy movie is that Larry would probably be dead by the end of the movie.
The only good thing that would come of a Scorsese directed Larry the Cable Guy movie is that Larry would probably be dead by the end of the movie.
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11:07AM on 12/04/2008

What?

Have Fincher direct some stupid Keanu comedy is as bad an idea as having Scorcese direct a Larry the Cable Guy comedy. Has Paramount lost their mind? Zodiac was a great movie.
Have Fincher direct some stupid Keanu comedy is as bad an idea as having Scorcese direct a Larry the Cable Guy comedy. Has Paramount lost their mind? Zodiac was a great movie.
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10:50AM on 12/04/2008
Shit, 'Chef' sounds SOOO far beneath Fincher it's not even funny. I really hope those suits pull their braindamaged heads outta their reamed out asses...I would NOT mind a new one in the Se7en relm.
Shit, 'Chef' sounds SOOO far beneath Fincher it's not even funny. I really hope those suits pull their braindamaged heads outta their reamed out asses...I would NOT mind a new one in the Se7en relm.
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