+++ UPDATE 02/28/2012 +++
Robert Paulson was at it again. And the wonderful interview with Fincher he dropped in the comments, I have now embedded for your ultimate viewing experience.
"A lot of people throw words like genius around lightly, I don't and I can truly say the man is brilliant," says screenwriter Beau Willimon of his experience writing the screenplays for Spacey and Fincher produced Netflix series 'House of Cards.' Certainly not the first time we hear praise for Fincher — but there's more.
Aside from an enthusiastic description of Fincher as a creative collaborator, Willimon sheds some light on the plot and tone of series, as well as the advantages of working out a full 26 episode series. Willimon himself is tackling a scope worth of six and a half feature length movies. A task he likens to working on a novel like Anna Karenina.
Fincher has indicated before that his take on House of Cards will differ profoundly from BBC's original series: "Today is a completely different universe. House of Cards was made during Thatcherism. It was a stiff-upper-lip look at parlamentary politics. Our thing is: Twitter, Newscorp, hacking — and the notion of politics when you stand for nothing."
Willimon agrees, the Netflix show may be darker even than Ides Of March, Willimon's Oscar nominated silver screen debut.
On his collaboration with David Fincher, Willimon has fond things to say, and certainly makes even his herculean writing task sound like a dream come true for every scribe. "[David is] the smartest person I may have ever met in my life and I've met a lot of smart people. He is a perfectionist in every great sense of the word, he's involved at every level from the smallest detail to the core vision. And what's incredible about the guy is that he walks into a project knowing what he wants to do and having this incredible vision and then also have the follow through and the talent and the determination to achieve it. So working with him on scripts, getting his notes and talking with him about the story and what we want to do and how we're going to create this world has been an absolute joy."
These words alone make me so look forward to the project!
Huge thanks to busy contributor Robert Paulson.
Check out the full article for yourself over at indieWire:
Yup, here's the interview — Movie Kingdom chatting w/ the man: