Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary Leave Fincher's Black Hole Behind
Last year acclaimed writers Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary (the duo who wrote Beowulf) announced that they were hard at work adapting Charles Burns' graphic novel Black Hole. In February, it was announced that David Fincher was attached to direct, turning this project into something truly incredible. But as time has gone on, and Fincher has stayed behind close doors to work on Benjamin Button, no updates on the adaptation have arrived. However, MTV finally talked with Gaiman recently and learned that unfortunately both Avary and Gaiman have left the project, citing Fincher's request for numerous rewrites.
Let's review what Black Hole is all about before we get into the juicy details. Black Hole is a black-and-white comic series that was first published in 1995. Set in the suburbs of Seattle during the mid-1970s, the story follows a group of middle class teenagers who contract a mysterious STD known as "the teen plague", which causes them to develop bizarre physical mutations, turning them into social outcasts. Several teens find seclusion at "The Pit", an encampment in the woods. The author previously said that the mutations can be interpreted as metaphors for adolescence, sexual awakening and the transition into adulthood.
Gaiman explains: "Once they got David Fincher on -- David explained [that] his process consisted of having over ten drafts, done over and over, and Roger and I were sort of asked… if we were interested in doing that. And we definitely weren't." So in turn they "stood aside" and gave Fincher their latest draft, but that's it. I don't know who Paramount or Fincher have chosen to continue working on the script, but I hope whoever it is doesn't butcher what was potentially going to be a great adaptation. "We'll wait and see what happens. I just hope whatever happens, it's faithful to Black Hole." Me too, Mr. Gaiman, me too.