David Fincher Producing New Thriller 'IOU' for 'Mean Creek' Director
About ten years ago, BMW created a series of short films called The Hire. Clive Owen starred as "The Driver," a wheelman who transported things for various characters throughout the different shorts. The Social Network director David Fincher produced that series, and now it looks like he's putting his producing hat on once again. THR reports Fincher has signed on to produce a mysterious thriller called IOU, with Mean Creek helmer Jacob Aaron Estes directing. Plot details are scant, but we know Turistas scribe Michael Arlen Ross wrote the script and Fincher has a good track record when it comes to producing.
It's worth noting that aside from The Hire series and Catherine Hardwicke's Lords of Dogtown, Fincher has never produced anything that he hasn't directed himself. I'll take that to mean that the story for IOU is pretty damn good. If Fincher has enough faith in it to make this one of his rare producing efforts outside of his own filmography, that's good enough for me. The Hire was an excellent series that not only proved to be a successful ad campaign, but also a cool anthology that highlighted different filmmakers' styles applied to the same lead character. Directors like Joe Carnahan, John Woo, Ang Lee, and more contributed to that project, and hopefully Fincher sees some similar talent in Jacob Aaron Estes, who has only directed a couple of features so far. Production on IOU starts in January of 2013, so Fincher will be working on it around the same time as his Netflix series "House of Cards" finally becomes available for us to view.