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David Fincher Rumored To Be Battling Over Budget For The Netflix Series 'House Of Cards'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2012 4:33 PM
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David Fincher is battling higher ups over a project? No way. All kidding aside, Fincher's reputation for being an exacting perfectionist, who seeks that his movies are realized with the best talent and options available, precedes him. We don't need to run down the list here, but Fincher has run afoul of somebody on most of his projects from "Fight Club" right through to "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." So that he's now rumored to be running into a bit of heat on the Netflix series "House Of Cards"? Not exactly unexpected.

Beau Willimon Talks Working With David Fincher On The "Dark And Nasty" Netflix Series 'House Of Cards'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2012 12:01 PM
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Screenwriter Beau Willimon couldn't have asked for better journey in seeing his first feature film made. As he explained to us last week, his play "Farragut North" was having a hard time making it to the stage, but a couple of years later his agent decided to give it another shot, and send it out again. And good thing he did. This time, not only did the play draw interest from theaters around the country, but Hollywood came calling with George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio wanting to get involved in producing it for a feature film. The resulting "Ides Of March" found Clooney co-writing (with Willimon and Grant Heslov), producing, starring and directing the film, a lean and mean political thriller that earned Willimon his first Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay his first time up to bat. Not too bad. Thanks to a boosted profile, it wasn't long before he was drafted for another promising project, the Netflix seriers "House Of Cards" produced by David Fincher and Kevin Spacey (who will also star). And when we talked to Willimon last week, he already had high praise for Fincher.

'Midnight In Paris' Star Corey Stoll Joins Kevin Spacey & David Fincher's 'House Of Cards'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2012 5:28 PM
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As the highly anticipated, debut Netflix series "House Of Cards" heads into production, it's easily looking like one of the most promising new shows on the horizon. From producers Kevin Spacey and David Fincher (who will be helming the pilot and possibly more episodes), the show has lined up an ace cast -- Spacey, Robin Wright, Kristin Connolly, Susannah Harker, Kate Mara -- in the American transplated remake of the 1990s BBC hit political thriller.

Kate Mara Joins Kevin Spacey & David Fincher's Netflix Series 'House Of Games'; Kristen Connolly Also On Board

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 2, 2012 9:19 AM
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So it turns out, if you'd like to take a role in a David Fincher project, it really, really helps to have the surname Mara. After casting the actress in "The Social Network," David Fincher catapulted Rooney Mara to stardom and an Oscar nomination by giving her the lead role in "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." And for his next project, he's keeping it in the family.

Sony Officially Plans To Make 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequels, But David Fincher Is Looking To Direct '20,000 Leagues' Instead

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 9, 2012 10:49 AM
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While the quiet opening last month of Sony's big budget "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" had many speculating that the studio would quietly kibosh the planned the sequels in the face of underwhelming box office, David Fincher's film has shown some remarkable legs. The film is still in the top five at the domestic box office, and looks like when all is said and done, it will crack $100 million domestically -- not bad for a very adult, R-rated thriller that runs more than two-and-a-half hours long. Morever, with recent PGA and WGA nominations, 'Dragon Tattoo' is looking poised to be a bigger Oscar player than expected as well. And while Sony has already said they're continuing to pursue the planned sequels "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest," it became even more real over the weekend.

Sony Lands TV Rights To David Fincher & Kevin Spacey's 'House Of Cards'; Will Air After Netflix Run

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2011 10:46 AM
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It's remarkable how quickly things change in the media world. Back this spring, Netflix were throwing their weight around, making television studios scared by acquiring the rights to "House Of Cards," the forthcoming series from producers David Fincher and Kevin Spacey (with the latter also starring alongside Robin Wright). The DVD rental and streaming company outbid folks like AMC and HBO for the show, making for the first piece of original content to premiere on the service. Well, in the months that have intervened, Netflix has squandered their position, with an illadvised price hike and a decision to split their streaming and DVD portion of the business in two (which has since been canceled), leading to plummeting stock prices and an exodus of customers. To quote Rick Perry: "Oops." Well, if you're one of the 800,000 customers who have bounced from Netflix and still want to see "House Of Cards," not to worry.

Robin Wright In Negotiations To Join Kevin Spacey In David Fincher's Netflix Series 'House of Cards'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 10, 2011 12:00 PM
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We have to admit, we're enormously intrigued by "House of Cards." A remake of the popular BBC series from the 1990s, itself based on a series of books by political insider Michael Dobbs, it marks the reunion of David Fincher, one of the biggest directors around, and Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey, for the first time since "Se7en," and on a TV series, no less. More importantly, it has the potential to be a real game-changer, being the first original series commissioned by streaming giants Netflix, who will air the show exclusively, having committed $100 million to the show, and scheduling it for an unprecedented 26-episode, two season run straight off the bat.

Netflix Enters Original Content World By Backing David Fincher/Kevin Spacey Series 'House of Cards'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 16, 2011 12:58 PM
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The term 'game-changer' gets bandied around a lot, but rarely accurately. "The Matrix Revolutions," for instance, was billed as such. So was "Tron: Legacy," and neither seem to have changed any games, as such. "Avatar" has the most claim to the title, seeing as how it immediately encouraged every other film in town to go 3D, but it was also pretty much a once-in-a-generation phenomenon: "Mars Needs Moms" proved only this weekend that 3D and motion capture in no way ensures any kind of box office success.

David Fincher & Kevin Spacey Teaming For TV Remake Of British Series 'House of Cards'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 4, 2011 2:18 AM
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There have been some interesting debates in the last few weeks as to whether TV has surpassed film as the natural home for grown-up, dramatic storytelling. Scott Rudin told GQ as much a few weeks back, telling Mark Harris that "...for all those people who spent years trying to get movies made at all the companies that are now gone, there's now one place to work where you can get respectfully treated and fairly judged... HBO."

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