David Fincher is panicking. He previously directed Panic Room, he recently set up the company Panic Pictures (which is under Media Rights Capital), and now he’s optioned the rights to Jason Starr’s 2009 crime novel Panic Attack. Per Vulture, the book is “about a New York shrink who shoots and kills a home intruder, then faces a media frenzy and the victim’s vengeful accomplice.” Starr says about his book, “And the thing about Panic Attack is that there’s a really compelling antihero in this guy Johnny Long [the revenge-minded cohort stalking the psychiatrist and his family]. He’s a very clever, Ripley-esque psychopath.” Ted Griffin (Ocean’s Eleven) will write the script.
While Fincher has picked up the option, this doesn’t necessarily mean he’s directing. He could simply be serving as a producer as he’s doing on the potential adaptation of the comic book series The Goon. Hit the jump for a list of Fincher’s other upcoming potential projects as well as the official synopsis of the novel.
Fincher has also been linked to:
- A biopic about Cleopatra starring Angelina Jolie.
- An adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
- The next two books in the Millenium trilogy, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
- Part of the 3D remake of Heavy Metal
And here’s the official synopsis for Panic Attack:
Dr. Adam Bloom has the perfect life. He’s financially secure and lives in a luxurious house with his wife, Dana, and their twenty-two-year-old daughter, Marissa, a recent college graduate. Late one night, his daughter wakes him up and says, “Somebody’s downstairs.” Adam uses his gun to kill one of the unarmed intruders, but the other escapes. From that moment on, everyone’s life in the Bloom household will never be the same.
Adam doesn’t feel safe, not with the other intruder out there somewhere, knowing where he lives. Dana suggests moving, but Adam has lived in the house all his life and he doesn’t want to run away. As the family recovers from the break-in and the Blooms’ already rocky relationship rapidly falls apart, Marissa meets a young, talented artist named Xan. Adam feels that something’s not quite right with Xan, but his daughter ignores his warnings and falls deeply in love with him. When suspicious things start happening to the Blooms all over again, Adam realizes that his first instinct about Xan was probably dead on. [Amazon]