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David Fincher to make a movie about chess?

03.15.2010

After starting his career with some slick thrillers and moving on to Oscar-nominated epic BENJAMIN BUTTON could David Fincher be entering the geek phase of his career? He recently wrapped production on the Facebook movie THE SOCIAL NETWORK and is now attached to direct PAWN SACRIFICE, a chess drama for Sony Pictures.

SACRIFICE is about the life of chess wizard Bobby Fischer, specifically the time leading up to his world championship match against Boris Spassky. Steven Knight recently wrote the script that got a lot of attention in Hollywood and Tobey Maguire quickly picked it up to produce (word is he'd also be interested in starring).

I'm being a little cheeky about either of these being "geek movies" but it does seem that Fincher is moving out of the high-concept movies that dominated the early part of his career. I've read SOCIAL NETWORK and while it doesn't seem like a standard Fincher movie, it's a brilliant script and far transcends the "Facebook movie" moniker.

In addition to SACRIFICE, Sony is also trying to get Fincher involved in THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, the adaptation of Stieg Larsson's bestselling novel. That may just be high hopes though as he's listed simply as being the top choice by the studio (and really isn't Fincher the top choice for a lot of movies in development?).

Extra Tidbit: How do you make a Bobby Fischer movie and not even comment on the later, wackier years of his life?
Source: Variety

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6:26PM on 03/15/2010

Bobby Fischer was a fascinating guy.

You get Communism and the Cold War, obsession, and a plenty of madness in his life story.

The downside is that saying to your partner "Hey, wanna see a movie about chess" is not a way to start a romantic evening.
You get Communism and the Cold War, obsession, and a plenty of madness in his life story.

The downside is that saying to your partner "Hey, wanna see a movie about chess" is not a way to start a romantic evening.
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2:24PM on 03/15/2010

It's Fincher, so c'mon

If he's working on it then there must be something there. I doubt the director of FIGHT CLUB would pick a mundane story.
If he's working on it then there must be something there. I doubt the director of FIGHT CLUB would pick a mundane story.
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10:50AM on 03/15/2010
This sounds interesting enough. Fincher is a very good director, one of my favorites. I enjoyed the hell out of Seven, Fight Club and thought that Zodiac should have gotten a couple of academy nominations and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button should have won Best Movie last year at the Oscars
This sounds interesting enough. Fincher is a very good director, one of my favorites. I enjoyed the hell out of Seven, Fight Club and thought that Zodiac should have gotten a couple of academy nominations and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button should have won Best Movie last year at the Oscars
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10:40AM on 03/15/2010
That Bobby Fisher project sounds interesting to me.

But while Fincher would be a great choice for the Stieg Larsson's adaptation, I dont see the need for that film to even be made AGAIN.
That Bobby Fisher project sounds interesting to me.

But while Fincher would be a great choice for the Stieg Larsson's adaptation, I dont see the need for that film to even be made AGAIN.
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10:34AM on 03/15/2010

Torso?

I was really hoping he would adapt Torso into a movie first! Its a unique take on a serial killer story which is the guys cup of tea (or at least used to be). But with Fincher attched this will be good of course.
I was really hoping he would adapt Torso into a movie first! Its a unique take on a serial killer story which is the guys cup of tea (or at least used to be). But with Fincher attched this will be good of course.
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10:32AM on 03/15/2010

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11:18AM on 03/15/2010
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4:02PM on 03/15/2010
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10:32AM on 03/15/2010

Fincher is a geek

Making commercially successful films like 'Se7en' enables a director to eventually earn enough pull to direct the films they really want to. I for one, loved his earlier work, but wasn't wowed by 'Button' and don't see anything that interests me in his near future.
I'm happy David is doing what he likes for his sake though - cheers!
Making commercially successful films like 'Se7en' enables a director to eventually earn enough pull to direct the films they really want to. I for one, loved his earlier work, but wasn't wowed by 'Button' and don't see anything that interests me in his near future.
I'm happy David is doing what he likes for his sake though - cheers!
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