FIGHT CLUB Comic-Con Panel Recap; Chuck Palahniuk and David Fincher Recall the Battles Behind the Original Book and Film

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There wasn’t very much talk at all of the recently announced Dark Horse Fight Club 2 comic during the panel with author Chuck Palahniuk and director David Fincher on Saturday night at the San Diego Comic-Con.  And there were absolutely no new images shown (or any kind of visual presentation for that matter).  But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a thrilling panel for fans of Fincher, Palahniuk, the original book and the 1999 film.

It was a mostly anecdotal affair, full of stories and trivia about the making of the classic Brad Pitt, Edward Norton film and the inception of Palahniuk’s novel (with a little bit of information about the upcoming sequel).  Which meant it was a perfectly satisfying event for those who lined up for hours to celebrate what has now become a legitimate pop culture phenomenon.  Also present were Palahniuk’s longtime editor Gerald Howard (Doubleday) and moderator Rick Kleffel.  Hit the jump for our Fight Club Comic-Con panel recap.

David Fincher’s GONE GIRL to Open the New York Film Festival

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Director David Fincher’s next film has secured a prime awards debut.  Variety reports that Gone Girl has been selected to open this year’s New York Film Festival—a prestigious honor that usually coincides with the kick-off of an Oscar campaign.  Fincher’s dramatic thriller is an adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name and stars Ben Affleck as a man who becomes the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance.  Fincher has some good experience with NYFF, as his masterful The Social Network premiered there in 2010 and went on to nab a slew of Oscar nominations before it was eventually steamrolled for Best Picture and Best Director by the forgettable The King’s Speech (I’m not bitter, I promise).  More after the jump.

Comic-Con 2014: David Fincher and Chuck Palahniuk to Talk about Adapting FIGHT CLUB

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This October will mark the 15th anniversary of David Fincher‘s brilliant film Fight Club.  Although Fincher had impressed audiences with Seven and also had a cult hit with The Game, he took his style to the next level with Fight Club—a daring, irreverent, and influential film that came out of Chuck Palahnuik‘s terrific novel.  It should be noted that the book fell under the umbrella of “un-adaptable”, but Fincher and screenwriter Jim Uhls made it work without losing the flavor or even much of the plot.

Comic-Con has announced that Fincher, Palahniuk, and Doubleday executive editor Gerald Howard will be in attendance to talk about how they brought the book to the screen.  There will also be “special guests”, and while I’m sure some are already thinking about the stars, I’m wondering why Uhls isn’t on the panel.  Whatever the case may be, I’m going to try my best to make this.  The panel is on Saturday, July 26th from 7:00pm – 8:00pm in room 25ABC, a room that only holds about 480 people.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

THAT MOMENT Provides a Snapshot of the Film Industry in 1999

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Last night I opened up an article I had earmarked earlier in the day and watched That Moment, the amazingly candid and engaging 72 minute documentary included on the 2000 DVD release of writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson‘s 1999 epic Magnolia.  And I was hit with a wave of nostalgia unlike anything I had felt in quite some time.  It might be odd that I would find the fanfare that greeted the 25th anniversary of 1989′s Batman to be little more than noise, only to be almost overcome by a 14 year old DVD supplement. But that’s what happened.

Of course, it probably helps that I watched this doc obsessively upon its release.  I was just starting to fall in love not only with film, but with the process of making it, and I must have sat down to watch this thing at least 20 times within my first year of owning the DVD.  The nostalgia didn’t come as a fondess for that time in my life though. It came in the form of a bittersweet remembrance of how things used to be in Hollywood not all that long ago.  Or, perhaps, as someone who didn’t even live in California at the time, a remembrance of the way I imagined things to beHead below for more.

New GONE GIRL Trailer: Ben Affleck Is a Prime Suspect in David Fincher’s Latest Drama

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20th Century Fox has released a new full-length 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.  After watching this trailer, this movie firmly remains one of my most anticipated of the year.  It’s unmistakably Fincher with cold, dim light permeating every scene (if there’s even much of a light source at all), and a remorselessness amongst all the characters.  There’s a bit more of the plot in this trailer as well, and while it doesn’t have the eerie attitude of the teaser trailer, it does a good job of conveying both the mystery and creepiness of the story.

Hit the jump to watch the new Gone Girl trailer, and click here fore the new teaser posters.  Tyler PerryKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris also star.  Gone Girl opens October 3rd.

Rooney Mara and David Fincher Circle RED SPARROW; Eric Warren Singer in Talks to Adapt Spy Novel

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Red Sparrow is a flirt when it comes to America’s finest directors.  Darren Aronofsky entered early negotiations to direct an adaptation of Jason Matthews‘ spy novel last year, but moved on from the project in January.  Now David Fincher is circling the project with his Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star, Rooney Mara.

According to Deadline, Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle) is in talks with Fox to adapt Red Sparrow.  Singer still needs to sign on and write the script, so it’s too early to say this is the next Mara/Fincher collaboration.  I will root for any project that lends Mara’s stoic charm to Fincher for a couple hours—Red Sparrow gives the pair a particularly saucy plot to play with.  Mara would play a Russian spy and “trained seductress” assigned to assassinate a young CIA officer; they soon “collide in a duel of wills, tradecraft, and—inevitably—forbidden passion.”  Read the book synopsis after the jump.

Danny Boyle in Talks to Direct Steve Jobs Biopic; Leonardo DiCaprio Eyed to Star

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Sony Pictures is wasting no time in finding a new director for its high-profile Steve Jobs biopic.  The film initially looked to be a Social Network reunion, as David Fincher circled the Aaron Sorkin-penned project for a bit before falling off when Sony balked at his stipulations for directing.  Now, a mere week later, Danny Boyle has entered the conversation, and the Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker is eyeing the project as a potential The Beach reunion with Leonardo DiCaprio as his top choice to take on the leading role.  More after the jump.

TOP 5: GONE GIRL Trailer, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Set Visit, TRANSCENDENCE, THE EXPENDABLES 3 Set Visit, Zack Snyder Talks BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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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.

First Trailer for David Fincher’s GONE GIRL Starring Ben Affleck

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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 PerryKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris also star.  Gone Girl opens October 3rd.

David Fincher Exits Steve Jobs Biopic after Sony Balks at Demands

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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.

First Footage from David Fincher’s GONE GIRL Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike; Full Trailer Arrives Monday

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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.

David Fincher Will Only Direct Steve Jobs Biopic if Christian Bale Stars

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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.

TOP 5: Adam Driver Nears Deal to Play Villain in STAR WARS EPISODE 7, GODZILLA Trailer, NON-STOP, Cinemath Meets Oscar Beat, VERONICA MARS Set Visit

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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 EdwardsGodzilla, 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.

David Fincher in Talks to Direct Steve Jobs Biopic Written by Aaron Sorkin

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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.

David Fincher Reteaming with GONE GIRL Author Gillian Flynn for HBO Series UTOPIA

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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. 

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