David Fincher's 'Black Hole' Back On At Brad Pitt's Plan B, Slate Also Includes New Film From Taika Waititi

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by Charlie Schmidlin
October 3, 2013 9:24 AM
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Not to be mistaken with the 1979 Disney film turned upcoming Joseph Kosinski remake, author Charles BurnsBlack Hole” remains one of the great adaptations lying in wait. Published between 1995 and 2005, the highly acclaimed graphic novel drew attention from Hollywood immediately, with Paramount snagging the rights and putting Alexandre Aja to direct and the team of Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman to pen a script. In 2008, David Fincher replaced Aja as helmer, but Gaiman and Avary drifted away shortly thereafter. The project has since become another “what-if?” scenario; one of Fincher's "lost projects" we hoped he would one day return to. And now looks like Brad Pitt and his production company Plan B is helping to make that happen.

Looking to the future following their Oscar contender “12 Years a Slave,” Pitt's label Plan B has laid out an ambitious slate of projects (via THR), including the Andrew Dominik-directed Marilyn Monroe biopic, “Blonde," an adaptation of Michael Hastings' book “The Operators," and most notably, a revived version of “Black Hole” with Fincher still attached. Burns' book follows a group of Seattle teens in the 1970s who contract “The Bug,” an incurable sexually-transmitted disease that causes shocking mutations among them all.

After his involvement in "Black Hole" was cast into question when “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” remake drew his interest, the fact that Fincher is back is encouraging, especially when there's such quality, fitting material that the director can explore in Burns' work. No word yet on where Plan B is with the production, but another literary property—author Matt Haig's novel “The Last Family In England”—is set to go. A tragi-comic tale featuring a talking dog's perspective on his human family's neuroses and affairs, director/actor Taika Waititi will helm the picture, having previously directed “Eagle vs. Shark” and the underseen “Boy.” No release date set yet either, but it's safe to say Plan B's upcoming slate is worth closely following for the near future.

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9 Comments

  • DAN WHITE | October 4, 2013 1:42 PMReply

    i know pitt adored the aussie film 'CHOPPER'

    and he is friends with andrew dominik
    they worked together on
    The Assassination Of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Killing Them Softly

    i hope pitt gets their next project off and running soon
    a biopic of marilyn monroe
    with naomi watts called 'BLONDE'
    see ?

    http://bi.gazeta.pl/im/6/7886/z7886216O.jpg

  • cattt | October 3, 2013 4:29 PMReply

    Yesss! Make it happen. Fincher is the man for this job, the book is fantastic and it's not just a typical horror story.

  • Chris | October 3, 2013 4:00 PMReply

    This is the best news ive heard all day.

  • El Hanso | October 3, 2013 11:11 AMReply

    "Black Hole" is fantastic. When Aja was in talks it seemed like a sign, that the producers did not understand what the book was about. But Fincher is way better, even though his style has become much more clean (even when things are dirty) than in the "Seven" days. And he needs to go back to that.
    If this film happens, I hope they shoot it in b/w. Not faux-noir "Sin City" b/w, but real low-key b/w like some of Orson Welles films oder what Sven Nykvist did for Ingmar Bergman. And please keep the historical setting.

  • London | October 3, 2013 4:35 PM

    @THAT KID

    Mark Romanek or gtfo

  • That Kid | October 3, 2013 12:45 PM

    To BEF, Cronenberg or David Lowery could direct the next Dragon Tattoo movie

  • That Kid | October 3, 2013 12:44 PM

    To BEF, Cronenberg or David Lowery could direct the next Dragon Tattoo movie

  • BEF | October 3, 2013 11:50 AM

    Yep, please do this next Fincher -- after your stint in moody airline who-dun-its -- and please, Sony, move onto a different director for "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "Kicked the Nest"

  • Arch | October 3, 2013 10:58 AMReply

    They should just try to build back the team that did the amazing Peur(s) du noir/Fear(s) of the dark a couple of years ago.

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