David Fincher and Zodiac

I just finished reading a great piece from The New York Times in which Fincher and other crew members were interviewed concerning their roles in Fincher’s upcoming movie Zodiac.

I find this exciting:

After five years of withdrawing from one project after another, Mr. Fincher will present “Zodiac,” about the serial killer who terrorized San Francisco in the late 70s, on March 2. Then, in 2008, comes “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,”the screenwriter Eric Roth’s epic reimagining of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story about a man who ages in reverse. (Of more interest to some fans, “Benjamin Button” will reunite him with the star of “Se7en” and “Fight Club,” Brad Pitt, and amounts to a sharp turn for Mr. Fincher into romanticism.)

The New York Times

Fincher’s last two films (Se7en and Fight Club) blew me away. I can’t wait to see what he has in store now. Finally.

Perhaps most challenging for “Zodiac,” Mr. Fincher said, were the adjustments he made as a director — both in adopting a quieter visual style and in trying to get the most from his cast.

“It’s as unadorned a movie as I’ve ever made,” he said. “It’s just people talking, and it’s hard to make an audience realize that they have to be paying attention. One way you do that is by not doing very much.” There are none of the “perceptual games” that he said he played in “Fight Club,” where the subject was “the most unreliable narrator possible,” for example. “It was like, cast the movie right, get the script right, shoot the scenes as simply as we can and get out of everyone’s way,” he said.

The New York Times

The article does a really great job of showing how much of a jerk Fincher can be, too – all in the name of making great movies. Read the whole thing here.

Thanks to Kottke.org for the link.

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