David Fincher's Next Project is Probably Torso

October 27, 2008
Source: Collider


We may jumping the gun with this news today because when David Fincher starts doing press for Benjamin Button in December we'll actually get some confirmations and hear a lot more, but until then, this is all we have to go on. Back in September we ran a rumor surrounding one of David Fincher's many potential upcoming projects. Torso is essentially a loose adaptation of a graphic novel that tells the story of the "torso" murders that took place in Cleveland in the 1930's. Frosty from Collider talked with producer Bill Mechanic, who is developing the adaptation, and found out that they're hoping that Torso will indeed be Fincher's next project. "If everything goes according to schedule, it would be the next thing up."

TorsoI don't want to jump the gun, but Torso is starting to sound more and more like Fincher's return to "Fight Club form." There's nothing wrong with his last few movies, and Benjamin Button looks fantastic, but he has never hit another high like Fight Club since that film hit in 1999. Mechanic explained that they've got a screenplay, penned by Ehren Kruger, and are "waiting for Paramount to decide to make it." He adds that the film won't follow the graphic novel literally, enough to even be given another title besides Torso in the end, and compares the changes in Torso to Fight Club's changes from Chuck Palahniuk's book. Mechanic adds that "a lot of things that are being written about who's in it are probably true."

So that makes the Matt Damon rumor pretty much confirmed, since it's the only casting rumor surrounding Torso that's floating around right now. Damon would play Cleveland's safety director Eliot Ness, who moves to Cleveland fresh off of the Al Capone case in Chicago. 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. Those interested can pick up a copy of the graphic novel, written by Brian Michael Bendis, although it sounds like this won't be too similar. I'm already excited to hear more about this and will be sure to report any updates that we come across. Could Torso be the next Fight Club?

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"He has never hit another high like Fight Club..." ? What are you on about? Zodiac was amazing!

Daaaave on Oct 27, 2008


Seven and Fight Club were his biggest films. The Game and Panic Room but good, but not amazing. And Zodiac..that's another story. It may be interesting to see him tackle another murder mystery with no solving it in the end, but doing it the way he did Fight Club. Very interesting. And I do believe this is his next project, because currently, he also has Rendezvous with Rama and Black Hole on his mind, but Black Hole is yet to be written, and Rendezvous with Rama has been having script issues, and is for right now, not going to be made. And until they decide to green light the put together interlaced Heavy Metal film will we see him lined up with another project, since he's been asked to direct one of the stories in it. But until we get official release dates and all for Torso, let's see how curious Benjamin Button's case really is.

Kenneth Van Castle on Oct 27, 2008


Can't really say much since it's not going to follow the GN, but I have faith in this project.

tzarinna on Oct 27, 2008


David Fincher has to direct RANT, i know on Chucks website it got confirmed that it had been sold off to some unnamed studio but i think his take on Buster Casey's deranged world would be unbeatable.

Clay Haywood on Oct 27, 2008


hmm, doesn't really sound anything like Fight Club whatsoever to me. Fight Club is awesome, but personally I enjoy Zodiac AND Seven more. If this is indeed Fincher's next film, and who really knows if it will be, I think it would work better in the vein of Zodiac or Seven as opposed to Fight Club. Still, I'll pay to see anything Fincher touches.

OJ on Oct 27, 2008


Sounds intresting, but "has never hit another high like FIGHT CLUB"? uhm, ever see ZODIAC.

Ryan on Oct 27, 2008


zodiac isnt anywhere near fight club. and I dont see how this story can be the next fight club.

Sean on Oct 27, 2008


Hmm, let me think....a detective investigating serial killings that are never solved....that's the same premise of Zodiac, this is just set in a different time, why would Fincher want to make a film that's so similar to one he's already done?

Jason on Oct 27, 2008


I really did not enjoy was too long and didn't keep my attention considering I already knew they weren't going to catch the killer. It's not anywhere near the caliber of Fight Club...

Peloquin on Oct 28, 2008

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