It is more or less certain: David Fincher's next directing job after "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button" will be Ehren Kruger's adaptation of the graphic novel "Torso". As a producer (and segment director) Fincher will stay busy with "Heavy Metal" during the same time frame. But now Paramount has renewed its option of the "Torso" property, and has reportedly also greenlit the picture for production -- which, we know from producer Bill Mechanic, could start as early as February or March 2009.
I advise everyone to take the "greenlit" part with a grain of salt. The folks at CHUD claim to know that "budgeting" is going on right now, and as they say, that sure isn't the same as a picture ready for shooting.
Every Fincher project moving forward is good news, though. And to add more fuel to the fire, IMDB has also updated its "Torso" page, and has now officially (meaning: non-ImdbPro-style) listed it as a new David Fincher project with a 2010 release.
After the well noticed feud between Paramount and Dreamworks, it seems these two big players made up: At the recent Westwood premiere of "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button" legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg took the stage on behalf of the Film Foundation and said ...
Nikki Finke of DeadlineHollywoodDaily makes of this that Spielberg "praises Benjamin Button as an american classic". Considering that Spielberg is one of Fincher's idols, who has given him a lifetime of fear of white sharks ... yeah, I am sure Fincher can take that as a compliment.
Great story. Follow up here:
DeadlineHollywoodDaily: Button An American Classic
If you want to read this next story in full, it seems you will have to pick up the latest 'Rolling Stone' issue from newsstands. They have tracked down Mr. Brad Pitt somewhere outside of the infamous Babelsberg film studios and tricked him into a little interview.
It's some BENJAMIN BUTTON, some FIGHT CLUB, some FINCHER ... but mostly it's way too short.
Check it out:
RollingStone: Brad Pitt
In the meantime Variety sat down with Greg Cannom, the makeup artist on "Benjamin Button" to chat about his work for the film. And Cannom, also, was full of praise for his cooperation with Fincher:
You have heard Cannom say, he himself couldn't believe how well his makeup looked with the productions high-resolution cameras. And apart from all the digital wizardry, it seems TCCOBB may very well also justifiy a nomination in the old-school makeup arts ... and maybe even a win.
Read Variety's story here:
Variety: Creating The Look
USA Today runs this little red-carpet story about TCCOBBs Los Angeles premiere. Nothing much to say about it, other than Blanchett and Pitt seem somewhat satisfied with this film and with their lives so far.
If you care to read more, catch this:
USAToday: Benjamin Button Stars Wouldn't Change A Thing
And then in the latest news countdown you might care to know that Benjamin Button's love-interest and everyone's favorite aussie Cate Blanchett has finally earned her own star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
The star was revealed in attendence of Steven Spielberg and David Fincher -- who seem to have quite a schedule to get through this season. I'm not so much into the glamour pieces ... but if you are ... here is the story:
SMH: Cate Leaves Stellar Impression
YouTube: Cate Gets Her Star
Of course while you are over at YouTube you definitely must watch this: An interview snippet of cuties Blanchett and Henson talking about their Benjamin Button costar Brad Pitt, AND Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett going overboard with praise for David Fincher's latest masterpiece. The videos come from ET, and obviously from some official promotional activity for the movie. And the funniest remark for me had to be Blanchett saying the movie was about "the serial killer of time".
Looks like Fincher already made a new "serial killer movie".
That's it. Almost. If you ever had the feeling, 'wow do I love film critics', but you couldn't just quite figure out why, this may be a good item to get you started: Mick LaSalle raving about this year's Golden Globe nominations!
Let me share my favorite part. His comment on "Benjamin Button":
Haha, definitely not a fanboy.
Many thanks to all the wonderful contributions: Namely to Christophe, Jon and Angus!
And here's one infuriated critic:
SFGate: Golden Globe Nominations ...