I’ve used this space on a few occasions to profess my love for ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 documentary series and today’s opening paragraph will get a similar treatment. Director Zak Levitt‘s aptly titled Bad Boys debuted this past Thursday night and, even as someone who grew up adoring the Chicago Bulls, I loved almost every second of it (even with his Detroit roots, I could have lived without the Kid Rock narration). The film focuses on the years of Detroit Pistons basketball known as “The Bad Boys Era”, which included back-to-back NBA Championships for the franchise in ’89 and ’90. As is often the case with 30 for 30 films, Levitt does a nice job of framing the Pistons’ iconic run within a societal context; in this case, the 1967 Detroit riot. In doing this, the pic not only offers a fascinating perspective of the team itself but also great insight into what their trademark physical style of play meant to a city still reeling from the effects of the riot. Less important, but an added plus nonetheless, is the fact that I’m now buzzing with nostalgia for the SNES game Bill Laimbeer’s Combat Basketball.
My broken record praise of 30 for 30 aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for David Fincher‘s Gone Girl, Steve’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes set visit, Transcendence interviews and Matt’s review, Steve’s The Expendables 3 set visit, and Zack Snyder discussing Batman vs. Superman costumes and more. Do the right thing and keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
20th Century Fox has released the first Gone Girl trailer. Directed by David Fincher, the adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name stars Ben Affleck as a man who becomes the lead suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary. This trailer continues Fincher’s streak of brilliantly repurposing songs to introduce his films to audiences (“Creep” for The Social Network and “Immigrant Song” for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as a rendition of Elvis Costello‘s “She” plays over a series of scenes from the dark drama that tell viewers everything may not be exactly as clear-cut as it seems. I enjoyed Flynn’s novel and I’m incredibly eager to see how Fincher chronicles the twisted relationship between Affleck’s Nick and Pike’s Amy, and this debut trailer is an excellent mood-setter for the pic. October cannot come fast enough.
Hit the jump to watch the Gone Girl trailer. Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Scoot McNairy, Missi Pyle, Casey Wilson, Emily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris also star. Gone Girl opens October 3rd.
David Fincher reteaming with his Oscar-winning The Social Network scribe Aaron Sorkin for an ambitious, non-traditional biopic of visionary Steve Jobs almost seemed too good to be true—and now perhaps it is. We learned in February that Fincher had entered talks with Sony Pictures to direct the studio’s Steve Jobs film based on a screenplay by Sorkin, but now word comes that Fincher has dropped out of negotiations after Sony balked at the filmmaker’s request for a $10 million payday up front as well as control over the film’s marketing. Hit the jump to read on.
The first official trailer for David Fincher‘s adaptation of the crime novel Gone Girl will arrive on Monday, but right now the first footage from the highly anticipated pic has landed online by way of an Entertainment Tonight promo piece. Based on the Gillian Flynn novel o the same name, Ben Affleck plays a man who becomes the lead suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary. This footage is hardly ideal given ET’s annoying voiceover, but for those itching to get a glimpse of Fincher’s next project, this is sufficiently tantalizing. As a fan of the book and a massive fan of Fincher, I’m excited to see how the filmmaker captures the twisted, dark interplay between Affleck’s Nick and Pike’s Amy.
Hit the jump to watch the first Gone Girl trailer footage, and check back on Monday to see the full trailer. Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, and Carrie Coon also star. Gone Girl opens in theaters on October 3.
A few weeks ago, we reported that David Fincher was considering reteaming with Aaron Sorkin to direct the screenwriter’s untitled Steve Jobs biopic. The screenplay has an interesting hook in that it’s only three, 30-minute scenes. Each scene is based at turning point in Jobs’ career: the Mac, NeXT, and the iPod. Fincher and Sorkin were a terrific pairing for The Social Network, and presumably they’d be a good fit for another story about an influential, aloof titan of technology. So what’s the issue? It turns out Fincher has one hefty condition for taking the job.
He only wants Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs. Hit the jump for more.
Lying somewhat quietly between two of David Fincher‘s most beloved works is The Game (1997) starring Michael Douglas. Although it failed to reach the level of critical and box office success enjoyed by Seven (1995) or the cult classic status of Fight Club (1999), after watching its Criterion Collection DVD release this past week I came away thinking that it may actually be one of Fincher’s best directorial efforts. Working from a script by John Brancato and Michael Ferris (2/3 of the writing trio that helped bring you the 2004 Catwoman screenplay that you enjoyed so much), Fincher’s cold/muted color palette, striking visual style, and fantastic pacing help elevate the interesting, albeit occasionally absurd, screenplay to another level. The result is a haunting work that expertly sets up and tears down the callous, calculated world of corporate wealth by forcing Douglas’ Ebenezer Scrooge archetype to see the shell of a life he has outside of his work and possessions. The Game may go off the rails at times, but with Fincher’s steady hand guiding the story it does so in all the extremely dark, right ways.
My Fincher recommendation aside, I should mention that the Top 5 will take a quick week hiatus to allow me to travel next weekend. In the meantime, this week’s installment highlights the Star Wars: Episode VII casting news involving Adam Driver, the new trailer for director Gareth Edwards‘ Godzilla, a review and interviews for Non-Stop, worlds colliding as Brendan’s Cinemath meets Adam’s Oscar Beat, and our Veronica Mars set visit coverage. As you’ve come to expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
The last time director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin teamed up to tell the story of a prickly tech pioneer the results were impressive to say the least. Now The Social Network duo might be turning their attention from Mark Zuckerberg to Steve Jobs. A couple years ago, Sorkin signed on to write a screenplay on Jobs’ official biography, Steve Jobs. However, unlike the silly Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher, Sorkin had a unique take on the material by writing it in the form of three, 30-minute scenes. It’s a bold, simple design that the late Apple founder probably could have appreciated.
And now Fincher might be coming on board to direct. Hit the jump for more.
Director David Fincher only recently wrapped production on his next film Gone Girl, but he’s already hatched another project with the book’s author Gillian Flynn—one that sees him returning to the television world on another British remake, no less. THR reports that Fincher and Flynn will team up on a remake of the Channel 4 TV series Utopia for HBO, with Flynn penning the adaptation and Fincher directing the pilot and executive producing. Created by Dennis Kelly, Utopia premiered in the U.K. last January and a second series is on the way.
The story of the show kicks into gear when die-hard fans of an underground graphic novel learn that the author has secretly written a sequel, launching them into their own pop-culture thriller. They find that “the new manuscript is much more than just a book, and those on the hunt for it suddenly find themselves in a game of shifting loyalties, conspiracy and shocking twists as the true meaning of the book is slowly revealed.” Hit the jump for more.
It’s been rumored and talked about for months now, but Netflix has officially renewed its excellent original series House of Cards for a third season, via THR. The renewal comes just over a week before the release of season two, which will be made available in its entirety on the streaming service on February 14th. Beau Willimon serves as showrunner and will presumably continue to do so in season three, and one presumes David Fincher will remain onboard as an executive producer. That being said, no details beyond the renewal are given about the next batch of episodes. Having immensely enjoyed the show’s first season, I’m very much looking forward to following the further adventures of Kevin Spacey’s Francis Underwood in another season.
After making his first foray into directing television last year with House of Cards, David Fincher is back with a brand new feature film in 2014. The filmmaker’s latest effort is an adaptation of the dark Gillian Flynn novel Gone Girl, which revolves around a man whose wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, only to have all roads point to him as her killer. Fincher enlisted Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike to play his two leads, Nick and Amy Dunne, and Flynn wrote the screenplay herself, adapting her own novel. The book has plenty of twists and turns as the central mystery begins to unfold, but now word comes that Flynn has significantly reworked the ending to her book for the film, so much so that the third act of Fincher’s Gone Girl will be entirely different.
Hit the jump for more, including the director’s thoughts on casting Affleck and Pike. Gone Girl opens October 3rd.
Based on a bestselling novel and directed by David Fincher, Gone Girl is already one of the hottest films of the year. So it’s no surprise that even though 2014 is only a week old, the movie has taken the cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly. The story centers on Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) a man whose wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, only to have all roads point to Nick as her killer. Fincher photographed the cover of the magazine, and if it’s any indication for the tone of the film, it’s going to be rather creepy.
Hit the jump to check out the cover, and click here for the first image from the movie. The film also stars Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Scoot McNairy, Missi Pyle, Casey Wilson, Emily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris. Gone Girl opens October 3rd.
In anticipation of the upcoming second season of Netflix’s excellent drama series House of Cards, the streaming service is offering audio commentaries on all of season one’s 13 episodes exclusively for Netflix subscribers. Starting today, you can listen to audio commentary from all six of House of Cards season one’s directors on every episode, which means we have two brand new commentaries from David Fincher to listen to. The additional directors include James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross), Joel Schumacher (Falling Down), Charles McDougall (The Good Wife), Carl Franklin (Homeland), and Allen Coulter (The Sopranos). Netflix subscribers can turn on the commentary by utilizing the subtitle or alternate audio preference on the website.
All 13 episodes of House of Cards season two will be available to stream beginning Friday, February 14th.
As everyone looks to put the finishing touches on their 2013 Top 10 lists, it’s time to look ahead to the films on tap for 2014. One of the more exciting pics coming our way is director David Fincher’s next feature, an adaptation of the bestselling Gillian Flynn novel Gone Girl. The story centers on a man whose wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, only to have all roads point to him as the woman’s killer. Ben Affleck stars in the lead role as Nick Dunne, and we now have our first official look at the actor in character standing next to a missing persons portrait of his wife, played by Rosamund Pike. The book is one hell of a page-turner, and I’m really excited to see what Fincher does with this darkly dramatic material.
Hit the jump to check out the image. The film also stars Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Scoot McNairy, Missi Pyle, Casey Wilson, Emily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris. Gone Girl opens October 3, 2014.
After rumors and reports of various actors circling roles in David Fincher’s upcoming adaptation Gone Girl, the director has set his cast. It includes Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in the lead roles of a story that centers on the disappearance of a man’s wife and the resulting investigation that follows. The cast also includes Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit and Carrie Coon, but not Neil Patrick Harris as was previously rumored. [Update: Neil Patrick Harris has been confirmed as starring in Gone Girl.] The Gillian Flynn novel adaptation is scheduled to shoot this fall. Hit the jump for more.
After a year and a half of waiting to hear what David Fincher’s next project after The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo might be, the filmmaker is moving very quickly on his adaptation of the bestselling Gillian Flynn novel Gone Girl. Fincher committed to the film as his next project just a couple of weeks ago with Ben Affleck set as the male lead, and the search began to fill the pic’s integral female lead role. While names like Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, and Emily Blunt were rumored, all three were subsequently ruled out due to scheduling and various other reasons.
Now Fincher has settled on which actress will take on the role, and it’s the lovely Rosamund Pike. Hit the jump for more, including the possibility of Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry (?) joining the cast.