Rumor: Matt Damon in David Fincher's Torso Adaptation?

September 5, 2008

Rumor: Matt Damon in David Fincher's Torso Adaptation?

Whenever some film or filmmaker ends up in the news a lot, more related stories seem to work their way out of the woodwork. Today we've got another tidbit on a proposed upcoming David Fincher project. Although I know we're supposed to be entirely focused on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, this is about another one of his upcoming projects - an adaptation of the true crime graphic novel Torso. We seem to have missed the original announcement for this project, but the news today comes from (via our friends at RopeofSilicon), the site for the city where the film takes place as well as where they might shoot. The article mentions that Matt Damon will play Cleveland's safety director Eliot Ness, who gets wrapped up in the killings, as well as details on Ohio's lack of tax breaks for filmmakers.

Starting from the top, Torso is a graphic novel first published in 2001 by Image Comics that tells the story of the "torso" murders, in which at least 13 people were killed between 1934 and 1938. Fresh off of the Al Capone case in Chicago, Eliot Ness moves to Cleveland to help clean up the city. But when dismembered body parts start washing up near Lake Erie Sound, Ness starts on another lengthy investigation. And as far as we know, the killings were never solved. The film is apparently a big-budget adaptation in development at Paramount with Fincher directing and now Damon starring. Given this is the first time anyone has heard these details, I'm a bit skeptical on their validity, especially with Paramount and Fincher fighting.

"It all comes down to what's the best place to get our movie shot for the least money," producer Bill Mechanic told "We want to shoot the entire movie, the interior and exterior shots, in Cleveland because that's where the action takes place and so we wouldn't have to relocate the crew." Fincher loves to shoot on location, as he did for Zodiac in San Francisco, and I think it would be integral for Torso to shoot in Cleveland. The article mentions that they will most likely shoot exteriors in Cleveland to maintain accuracy, but interiors could be shot in another state. Considering Zodiac turned out so good, I'm actually anxious to see Fincher take on more dark stories about killers. Call me sadistic, but Fincher really does do a fantastic job bringing them to life on the big screen. Does Torso sound like another Zodiac?

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I am beyond pumped up about this!!!

AllmightyKeim on Sep 5, 2008


I am beyond excited about this movie.

AllmightyKeim on Sep 5, 2008


what?!? how can anyone like matt damon?!?! he's aweful!! he ruins every movie he appears in with his very hammed up over acting, its pathetic and its all the same. and he looks the same in every movie. he has no character. The only movie he was any good in was Team America, World Police.

Hulk on Sep 5, 2008


Matt Damon + David Fincher + Untouchables sequel = AWESOME!

Drew on Sep 5, 2008


He hasn't ruined ever movie he has been in..and a lot of actors/actresses are horribly type cast. Look at EVERY Will Ferrel movie...or Steve Carrell for that matter..they play the exact same character in everything.

Kyle A. Koyote on Sep 5, 2008


Sounds good.

Ryan on Sep 5, 2008


Agree with 1,2, and 5, this sounds like a great project for all involved.

avoidz on Sep 5, 2008


#4 Did u even watch the Bourne movies?

Cody on Sep 7, 2008


#8 yes, and they were pathetic.... come on.. jason bourne??? a baby face ham like that is a bad ass?? how can you buy that? And I watched Saving Private Ryan again last night, AWESOME movie, but it only took one idiot named matt damon to ruin the movie for me. that story about him and his brothers in the barn and the ugly chick.... that was embarrassing, I have to get up and walk away until that scene is over.

Hulk on Sep 8, 2008


I like Zodiac and the Brian Michael Bendis graphic novel, but considering how badly Zodiac tanked at the b.o., I'm surprised anyone's willing to cut Fincher a check for another serial killer adaptation. Talk about throwing bad money after bad. Also, I like Matt Damon, but he is not right for Ness. Not at all!

Tory on Oct 16, 2008

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