Fincher Flash

Just got back from a wonderful week of vacation and I am glad to see nobody missed me. Here's a handful of stories for us Fincher junkies: Fincher producing yet another film, an update on THE GOON and personal directorial coaching from the man himself... just not for you...

The Hollywood Reporter broke the story: David Fincher will produce Joseph Kosinski's next, an original concept from Kosinski, "Oblivion". Kosinski is a former architect and now Fincher alumnus, who has directed a bunch of ads, the "Gears of War" for example, or one for "Halo". So the choice makes sense in context with what the director had to say about his project:

"I was looking to make a science fiction film that I could do on a budget. It's grown since then, but it's intended to be a very spare science fiction film, with a small cast but big ideas and big landscapes."

The TRON vfx teaser that came out these days didn't knock me out of my chair, though. Just saying...

Little update on THE GOON, Fincher's not-yet-greenlit producer job at Blur Studios. Apparently Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti intend to voice some of the leading characters and the studio bothered to produce some PSAs as animation tests, which worked well, according to whoever was reporting from the event. Seems to have been a fun panel at Comic Con, the goon one.

Here's the statement I liked most...

"It’s fun, vulgar and just dark enough."

And amazingly after Fred Durst here comes yet another character asking Fincher for directing advise: This time it was former FRIENDS star Courtney Cox, who got the inside scoop on how to make amazing movies the Fincher way. I don't care for the big house, the pool, the cars and all the rest -- but THAT'S the kind of Hollywood VIP treatment I would like to get: Personal Directing Lessons from the Master.

Don't expect too much from this story, it's not like she actually SAYS anything about what she learned from Fincher. It was more like, yeah, we had dinner and he gave me four hours worth of life-changing director's insights.

Pure envy here...

The Hollywood Reporter: Oblivion The Goon at Comic Con


  1. I did miss you.

  2. envy is the right word...

    you were missed, be certain.

    and welcome back!

  3. Why weren't you impressed by the Tron teaser? The crowd at Comic Con went nuts over it.

  4. I can't tell you. I watched the teaser and it felt very clinical; stylish but not intriguing. It is definitely Kosinski's style that makes it feel this odd: If you watch his short films DESERT HOUSE or IPOD/THE SHINING. I also remember a spot that I think was for Nike that felt the same way. The way he shoots stuff is very graphic design-ish but it doesn't involve me and it doesn't feel visceral to me.

    The teaser is named "visual effects teaser" for a reason. I will wait for the film to form an opinion. I just didn't think it was thrilling. But I'm glad the Comic-Con folks liked it.

  5. Yeah that's very true, his style is very influenced by graphic design and his background in CAD-architecture 3D software and video games (Halo, Gears of War)... and I do agree that it feels very clinical, but I think this style is a good match for the Tron world and the sci-fi pic.

  6. Hmm... I wonder what the job of a producer on a project like Goon entails, and why Fincher is interested in producing in the first place?

  7. So what is it? Crunching numbers and putting together schedules? Isn't that boring for Fincher?