What's He Up To? David Fincher Options Crime Novel 'Panic Attack'

June 1, 2011
Source: Vulture

David Fincher / Panic Attack

It seems that director David Fincher is still keeping an eye on what's coming ahead, at least according Vulture (via The Film Stage). They're reporting that, through MRC, Fincher has optioned a "2009 macabre crime novel" titled Panic Attack written by Jason Starr (Amazon). Apparently screenwriter Ted Griffin (of films like Ocean's Eleven, Matchstick Men, Rumor Has It, "Terriers", Tower Heist) is set to adapt the book for Fincher, or at least start work on a script. But this is only one of many projects that Fincher has in the works at Media Rights Capital, where he secured a deal last year. Still, sounds like an intriguing project.

Starr's Panic Attack is about a gun-wielding New York psychologist named Adam Bloom who shoots and kills a home intruder, then faces a media frenzy and the victim's vengeful accomplice. Sounds simple enough, but apparently not. "And the thing about Panic Attack is that there’s a really compelling antihero in this guy Johnny Long [the revenge-minded cohort stalking the psychiatrist and his family]," says Starr via Vulture. "He's a very clever, Ripley-esque psychopath." Jason Starr has written 10 other books and has a few others in development around Hollywood as well, like The Follower. Panic Attack was released in 2009.

Vulture isn't sure of anything else regarding Fincher's involvement besides that this is optioned and in the works. Fincher is producing the Netflix series House of Cards with Kevin Spacey, working on The Goon as well. He's also still attached to directed that 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea movie at Disney sometime, and possibly Cleopatra if that comes together. He's got a lot going on and who knows what he'll choose next. With all the awards acclaim that I'm sure he's going to receive once again for the badass-looking Girl With the Dragon Tattoo remake, he'll be able to pretty much do whatever he wants at any time he wants, which is fine by me. Happy to see Fincher working on whatever he's most passionate about. What do you think?

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Fincher can do no wrong when it comes to these types of movies. I'm very much looking forward to the Goon too!

jah p on Jun 1, 2011


Jason Starr is one of the most talented young noir writers today. This should be good. AND Fincher is also going to direct 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea???? Beyond awesome. I'd cast Alan Rickman as Captain Nemo 😉

CinemaNostalgia on Jun 1, 2011


welcome back to your basis,Mr Fincher! please forget forever zodiac,benjamin and fucking social net work goddamn movies...

Comodo on Jun 1, 2011


but...those three are his actual best movies...

rex on Jun 2, 2011


Simply put - there is no better director working today - at least in terms of taste and craft. Everything he does is immaculate. Fincher makes movies for adults. 

Jay on Jun 2, 2011

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