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Ben Affleck To Star In David Fincher Thriller 'Gone Girl'; Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron & Emily Blunt Eyed For Female Lead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2013 1:00 PM
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Following the flop of "The Lone Ranger," we here at The Playlist have been discussing what this means for future projects on Disney's slate, and more specifically, David Fincher's "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea." As you might remember, Fincher's pal Brad Pitt passed on the lead role, and the other actors the director is looking at the for the part (Channing Tatum among them) aren't available until next year. But following the twin disasters of 'Ranger' and "John Carter," is Disney really going to flip the switch on this project, especially with a director who demands as much financial freedom and creative control as Fincher? Or is it another ambitious concept that's a dicey prospect for a four-quadrant hit? We're sure those discussions will be ongoing at Disney (who are yet to greenlight it) but until then, Fincher is moving on his next feature.

Watch: Rooney Mara Goes 'Downtown' In Ad For Calvin Klein Directed By David Fincher

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2013 11:41 PM
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As we said this morning, when news broke of David Fincher eying a producing gig on the HBO remake of the UK series "Utopia," we're patiently awaiting his next feature to get moving, whatever it may be. And the director has been keeping his directorial chops well oiled by jumping into some promo work. Earlier in the year, he dressed up Justin Timberlake for his "Suit & Tie" video, and now he's re-teamed once again with his "The Social Network" and "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" actress Rooney Mara for a quick fashion spot.

David Fincher Interested In Producing Remake Of Brit TV Series 'Utopia' For HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2013 9:37 AM
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As we patiently await David Fincher's next feature to get the pieces put in place, he's been doing just fine for the moment over in TV land. "House Of Cards," which he executive produced and directed the first two episodes for, kicked off the year by not only revolutionizing how new shows are brought to market, but by also being just a top tier political drama. Critics and audiences were both taken by it, and a second season is on the way (though Fincher may not be directing), and it seems there's another British TV show he wants to bring to American audiences.

Director Steven Knight Says David Fincher Suggested Jason Statham For 'Redemption'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2013 4:28 PM
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Here's a fun fact that you might not realize -- there's a new Jason Statham movie coming to theaters and VOD next week. You might not know that because there doesn't seem to be any marketing campaign at all behind it. Anyway, once titled "Hummingbird" it has been given the far blander name "Redemption" stateside (something that only guarantee to make it sound even more generic than it actually is), but the main selling point around this one is that it's the movie where Jason Statham Actually Acts (but yes, he does punch things too). And to thank for that? David Fincher it seems.

David Fincher's '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Captain Nemo' Gets Funding From Australia, But Greenlight Still Waiting

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2013 7:46 AM
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Right now, David Fincher appears to be at a bit of a crossroads in terms of what he'll do next. Obviously, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" sequels are still sorting out their issues before they can get made, but over the past couple of months, the director has taken good hard looks at both the thriller "Gone Girl" -- recently touted as the most likely candidate for his next movie -- and the long-developing "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea: Captain Nemo" at Disney for his upcoming projects. And the latter has just received twenty million or so good reasons why it might be his next film.

Shane Carruth Talks Sci-Fi 'A Topiary,' Shares Plot Details, Reveals Steven Soderbergh & David Fincher Were Going To Produce

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2013 12:41 PM
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It's taken nearly a decade, but "Primer" writer/director Shane Carruth has returned this year with another acclaimed head-scratcher, "Upstream Color." A film that we raved was "thematically rich, layered and hypnotic," as the movie heads into release next month and the conversation continues to swell, Carruth is opening up to press. And an extensive, must-read piece in Wired is a good place to start, especially for those wondering just what the heck happened with his sci-fi flick "A Topiary."

We Read It: Casting David Fincher's Potential Next Movie 'Gone Girl'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 15, 2013 2:44 PM
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It's been in the works for a while now, but according to Deadline last night, geek favorite David Fincher is inching closer to signing on to an adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel "Gone Girl." The novel, by the former EW staffer who already had some success with thrillers "Sharp Objects" and "Dark Places" (that are also both being developed for movies), was snapped up by Reese Witherspoon not long after publication, and rave reviews and word-of-mouth have seen it become a literary phenomenon over the last year or so. Even if you haven't read it yourself, you probably know plenty of people who have, or at least have seen a subway car full of people carrying it.

Interview: Robin Wright On The Texas Hall Of Fame Awards, 'House of Cards,' The 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequel & Her Amazing Hair

  • March 7, 2013 6:28 PM
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There are a lot of twists on the new David Fincher-produced Netflix series "House of Cards," which follows a devious, BBQ-loving congressman (Kevin Spacey) who looks to exact revenge upon the President of the United States after being instrumental in his election (and then passed over for a high profile cabinet position). But no one could have possibly imagined how wonderful Robin Wright, who plays Spacey's wife (in a role that oscillates between Martha Stewart, Hillary Clinton and Lady Macbeth), really is. She's sleek and sexy and absolutely lethal, but sympathetic and occasionally loving too. And the accomplishment hasn't gone unnoticed. The night before the South by Southwest Film Festival kicks off, Wright will be honored at the Texas Hall Of Fame Awards, which is put on by the Austin Film Society (Wright was born in Dallas). We got to talk to Wright about "House of Cards," the Texas Hall of Fame Awards, where the next "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is and, most importantly, her hair.

Brad Pitt Passes On David Fincher's '20,000 Leagues Under The Sea'; Director May Not Helm 'House Of Cards' Season 2 Episodes

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 15, 2013 4:07 PM
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A little clarification on THR's David Fincher/"20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" report. Yes, Disney is debating whether to shoot the 3D tentpole in Australia and the trade reports there are lots of financial incentives to do so, but Fincher did his location scouting (and met with Aussie federal arts minister Simon Crean) six months ago. And yes, Brad Pitt is not set to star in the film, but that's not because this deal isn't done. Sources tell us Pitt officially passed on the David Fincher project after initially agreeing to take the lead about a month ago (the always finicky Pitt strikes again).

Watch: David Fincher-Directed Video For Justin Timberlake's 'Suit & Tie'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2013 10:40 AM
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So what does David Fincher do after directing and executive producing a thirteen-hour political drama? He puts on a "Suit & Tie" of course. As we reported not too long ago, Fincher reteamed with his "The Social Network" star Justin Timberlake to helm the video for the first single from the actor's return to music, The 20/20 Experience. And now it has arrived, and it's pretty slick little thing.

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