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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bad David Fincher News, Good David Fincher News

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 12:29 PM

David Fincher on the cheerful set of his beloved Alien 3.
  • David Fincher on the cheerful set of his beloved Alien 3.

BAD DAVID FINCHER NEWS: If you, like me, were looking forward to seeing Fincher Social Network it up again—reuniting with Aaron Sorkin for a kind of awesome-sounding Steve Jobs biopic, starring Christian Bale, and based on Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs—stop looking forward to it, because it's not happening, because Fincher wanted $10 million to do it and ALSO makes "bad decisions" when it comes to marketing:

Fincher is said to be seeking a hefty $10 million up front in fees, as well as control over marketing, in negotiations with the studio. Sony allowed him considerable input into the marketing of the 2011 film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, including honoring his request to use the tagline "The feel bad movie of Christmas" in its campaign. A source says Fincher also had the studio create metal, razor-blade-shaped one-sheet materials for the film that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce but were not suitable for display in theaters. (Via.)

RAZOR-BLADE MOVIE POSTERS? That cost hundreds of thousands of dollars but then couldn't be used for anything? (Except ogre suicide.) I can see how that's "technically" a bad decision, but I can also see how those are fucking awesome. Anyway, Sorkin's script—which reportedly is structured unlike usual biopics, giving it a really good chance to, unlike usual biopics, not suck—will still probably get made by somebody. Just by somebody who isn't as good as Fincher. Or maybe they'll just give this guy another shot.

GOOD DAVID FINCHER NEWS: There's a trailer out for Gone Girl, Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel, which I already feel bad enough for not reading back when everybody else did, so there's no need to guilt trip me about it, thanks. I'll get to it before the movie, okay? Jesus, get off my back.

The movie will have a different ending than the book, which is something that probably all movie adaptations should start doing.

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