Filmmaker David Fincher and novelist James Ellroy have teamed up for an untitled crime noir TV series for HBO set in 1950s Los Angeles, the same setting and time period of the author's hit novel L.A. Confidential.
David Fincher was at one time attached to direct the adaptation of James Ellroy's novel The Black Dahlia, before Brian De Palma took over the project. Instead of a feature adaptation, David Fincher wanted to make a sprawling five-hour mini-series that would have cost $80 million, with the filmmaker eyeing A-list stars such as Tom Cruise. That rendition never got off the ground, but now it seems that the director and writing are working together on this new project, although no plot details were given. It isn't known if this untitled series is based on one of James Ellroy's books, or if it will be an original concept.
After David Fincher's new film Gone Girl hits theaters next month, the filmmaker is reportedly devoting all of his attention to TV projects. He was once attached to make 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo for Disney, but even if the project does lock in Australian tax credits, the filmmaker still will not be involved.
Along with this James Ellroy project, David Fincher is also developing Utopia with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn for HBO, which already has a series order in place. He is also still working on Mind Hunter, which the filmmaker has been developing for HBO since 2010 with Charlize Theron attached as a producer. The director still isn't giving up on Mind Hunter yet, and it may even land at Netflix instead of HBO.
David Fincher is still an executive producer on Netflix's House of Cards, but he isn't directing any more episodes for the series and he isn't involved from a creative standpoint. This new report from IndieWire claims that David Fincher is more interested in television work because he believes it is the, "path of least resistance," as opposed to the movie studios. If any of these three projects get off the ground, David Fincher is said to be heavily involved in all of them, directing episodes and being a vital part of the storytelling process. The site also claims that working in television, which involves going, "long, wide and deep into characters and story" is the filmmaker's "new fascination."
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