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12.23.2008

I Know the lot of us were crossing our collective fingers, hoping that David Fincher's next movie would be NESS, an adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' graphic novel "Torso". It's about a serial killer and it features Mr. Untouchable himself, Elliot Ness. In other words, Fincher would absolutely kill it.

Instead, rumours began surfacing of a Keanu Reeves cooking comedy entitled CHEF, that would feature Fincher as the director. Don't worry, I swallowed my own vomit too. I swallowed a second load when I heard rumours that Keanu had written the script himself. I checked the calendar to make sure it wasn't April Fools Day and, well--you know the rest.

In a recent interview with MTV, Fincher finally opened up about the project.

It's like a celibate sex comedy if that means anything. It's really about the creative process. It's truly an aromatic art-form, making food. I love that idea. And I love Keanu's passion for that world...This is an original script that's very funny.

So it looks like this thing is actually happening. The only comfort I take in all of this, is knowing in my heart of hearts that David Fincher is truly a genius, and that he would never hop on to some garbage project not worthy of his time. This will probably end up being my favorite film of the decade. Happy thoughts...happy thoughts....
Extra Tidbit: Fincher was also rumoured to be adapting Anthony Bourdain's amazing book "Kitchen Confidential", but that fell through.
Source: MTV

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6:13PM on 12/23/2008
Not a fan of Reeves, but this sounds much better now considering Fincher's passion and a more clear premise other than "Kitchen comedy with Kenau Reeves."
Not a fan of Reeves, but this sounds much better now considering Fincher's passion and a more clear premise other than "Kitchen comedy with Kenau Reeves."
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6:09PM on 12/23/2008

"David Fincher is truly a genius"?

"David Fincher is truly a genius"?
Give me a break, man. Why do online film fans feel such a need for hyperbole? Fincher made two great movies. But I would watch Alien 3 any day of the week over Benjamin Button, and the day Panic Room is the work of a genius is the day Henry Jaglom makes a studio blockbuster.
Get a grip, guys. The man is not a genius. Let's have some perspective. Welles, Lean, Kubrick, Hitchcock. These were geniuses. Fincher is not in their league by a long shot.
"David Fincher is truly a genius"?
Give me a break, man. Why do online film fans feel such a need for hyperbole? Fincher made two great movies. But I would watch Alien 3 any day of the week over Benjamin Button, and the day Panic Room is the work of a genius is the day Henry Jaglom makes a studio blockbuster.
Get a grip, guys. The man is not a genius. Let's have some perspective. Welles, Lean, Kubrick, Hitchcock. These were geniuses. Fincher is not in their league by a long shot.
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2:30PM on 12/23/2008
Who cares if Morgan Freeman isn't well, Fincher needs to jump on Rendezvous with Rama.
Who cares if Morgan Freeman isn't well, Fincher needs to jump on Rendezvous with Rama.
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11:34AM on 12/23/2008
I like Keanu Reeves, and Fincher is great... we'll have to wait and see how this turns out.
I like Keanu Reeves, and Fincher is great... we'll have to wait and see how this turns out.
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11:30AM on 12/23/2008
Part of Fincher's genius is his way of telling stories in unique ways. The idea of him tackling the cooking scene means lots of potential opportunities to experiment on how to convey that, and torture audiences by making them hungry. After all, while initially folks were excited about "Zodiac" because it was a return to the serial killer genre, what we got was a return to the '70s police procedural and newspaper movie. And thinking about the man's filmography, he rarely spends too much time in
Part of Fincher's genius is his way of telling stories in unique ways. The idea of him tackling the cooking scene means lots of potential opportunities to experiment on how to convey that, and torture audiences by making them hungry. After all, while initially folks were excited about "Zodiac" because it was a return to the serial killer genre, what we got was a return to the '70s police procedural and newspaper movie. And thinking about the man's filmography, he rarely spends too much time in the same generic arena. So good for him. Though "Torso" does sound intriguing.
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9:48AM on 12/23/2008

CHEF was written by Steven Knight

who wrote Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things. I heard Keanu had an idea about a story of a Chef working in London some years ago and he wanted a script for that. So it seems Knight wrote it for him. The fact that Fincher is interested in directing it says it all: it must be good. Fincher loves the world of the great chefs and Keanu has a good comic timing (I don't know why he doesn't make more comedies, he was great as Ted and in I Loe you to Death). And it would be a chnage of pace for
who wrote Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things. I heard Keanu had an idea about a story of a Chef working in London some years ago and he wanted a script for that. So it seems Knight wrote it for him. The fact that Fincher is interested in directing it says it all: it must be good. Fincher loves the world of the great chefs and Keanu has a good comic timing (I don't know why he doesn't make more comedies, he was great as Ted and in I Loe you to Death). And it would be a chnage of pace for both of them, Keanu going back to his roots (comedy) and Fincher directing something that doesn't envolve a crime or an assassin.
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7:54AM on 12/23/2008

Halik

Or the Daredevil reboot.
Or the Daredevil reboot.
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7:31AM on 12/23/2008

Great

I really hope he doesn't become a sell out with all the good press of Benjamin Button I love Fincher and rarely like Keanu so this is kinda hot and cold news to me. I much rather see Fincher directing something else and I'm sorry to say this and bring it up but give him the next 3 Batman movies after Nolan.
I really hope he doesn't become a sell out with all the good press of Benjamin Button I love Fincher and rarely like Keanu so this is kinda hot and cold news to me. I much rather see Fincher directing something else and I'm sorry to say this and bring it up but give him the next 3 Batman movies after Nolan.
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6:08AM on 12/23/2008
Hey now, this could be awesome! I love Keanu Reeves, and a comedy starring him would be nice.
Hey now, this could be awesome! I love Keanu Reeves, and a comedy starring him would be nice.
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5:19AM on 12/23/2008
Bourdain and Fincher? that would be epic. but no, we get boring Keanu Reeves.

i love David Fincher, i really hope he can make this work.
Bourdain and Fincher? that would be epic. but no, we get boring Keanu Reeves.

i love David Fincher, i really hope he can make this work.
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