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Fincher's Torso done?

01.23.2009

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON has already made over $100 million. It was nominated for 13 Academy Awards yesterday. David Fincher, was among those 12 nominations for Best Director. Fincher's next, TORSO, would have teamed him with Matt Damon, Casey Affleck and Rachel McAdams. And it STILL couldn't get a greenlight. Paramount, the same studio that just had so much success with Fincher on BUTTON, had the rights to TORSO since 2006 but would not give the project a greenlight and let their option lapse on the film. The studio could have purchased the rights to the project outright but they declined to do so. Instead TORSO, which follows the post-Capone days of Eliot Ness, is in limbo. Paramount owns the right to the current shooting script (by Ehren Kruger) that they developed. But the motion picture rights have transferred to Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Andreyko who wrote the graphic novel the film would be based on. So Fincher can't use the script because it's owned by Paramount but Paramount can't develop the project because the rights have reverted to the authors (who are with Fincher)... The Hollywood Reporter notes that Paramount is "unlikely to let the project slip through its fingers," though that doesn't mean it will get made any time soon.

UPDATE - An interesting sidenote courtesy of the LA Times who today ran an article about how BENJAMIN BUTTON, despite all its successes, is struggling to make a profit. They said BUTTON would need to gross over $300 million worldwide just to break even and so far it's only at about $125 million. The Oscar bump would help but keep in mind they're spending another $10 million just on campaigning for awards (on top of the existing $135 million marketing budget). You can read all about it here.

Extra Tidbit: What is Fincher smelling and why is he smelling it?
Source: THR

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6:01AM on 01/24/2009
Anything Fincher is attached to should have been at the top of studio lists 10 years ago.

Why do people dog this guy?
Anything Fincher is attached to should have been at the top of studio lists 10 years ago.

Why do people dog this guy?
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3:39AM on 01/24/2009
I hope it gets made, but they better not call it Ness like they have been planning to!
I hope it gets made, but they better not call it Ness like they have been planning to!
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5:14PM on 01/23/2009
Rendezvous With Rama!
Rendezvous With Rama!
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3:53PM on 01/23/2009

Fincher is the man

Stupid rights and shiz. Fincher is awesome and I donīt see why a studio would want to slow him down, let alone not let him work at all! Just let go!
Stupid rights and shiz. Fincher is awesome and I donīt see why a studio would want to slow him down, let alone not let him work at all! Just let go!
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3:18PM on 01/23/2009
$135 million marketing budget for a movie???!?!!? That really makes me sick.
$135 million marketing budget for a movie???!?!!? That really makes me sick.
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12:08PM on 01/23/2009

UK release

Benjamin Button hasnt been released in UK yet so Id expect that gross to go up quite a lot when it does.
Benjamin Button hasnt been released in UK yet so Id expect that gross to go up quite a lot when it does.
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11:24AM on 01/23/2009
Why does Finch always get the shaft? Nearly every movie he makes, he gets some sort of resistance from the studios. C'mon Hollywood!
Why does Finch always get the shaft? Nearly every movie he makes, he gets some sort of resistance from the studios. C'mon Hollywood!
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9:40AM on 01/23/2009

HE SMELLS A WINNER, THAT'S WHAT

I really haven't seen a bad Fincher movie yet...Fincher can't make his movies and Uwe Boll has 3 coming out this year.
So much injustice...
I really haven't seen a bad Fincher movie yet...Fincher can't make his movies and Uwe Boll has 3 coming out this year.
So much injustice...
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9:39AM on 01/23/2009

Maybe Paramount guys are morons?

They're known for being the second most stingy and artist-unfriendly studio around behind Fox. And by the sound of that news tidbit they earned it.
They're known for being the second most stingy and artist-unfriendly studio around behind Fox. And by the sound of that news tidbit they earned it.
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9:33AM on 01/23/2009

Maybe it isn't all that good?

Maybe the script is just that... another story with a maniac assassin and yada, yada, yada. Fincher already has Panic Room, 7 and Zodiac. Why do the same whole thing again? Yes, it has Eliott Ness and... he could be called any name, it would be the same story, over and over again. And he denied any cast on the movie, said he never talked with Rachel McAdams about it.
Maybe the script is just that... another story with a maniac assassin and yada, yada, yada. Fincher already has Panic Room, 7 and Zodiac. Why do the same whole thing again? Yes, it has Eliott Ness and... he could be called any name, it would be the same story, over and over again. And he denied any cast on the movie, said he never talked with Rachel McAdams about it.
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