Many of my readers do not know that David Fincher is my favorite living director: he just edges out Scorsese. And though I do not always like nihilistic films, no one can emulate the disgusting nature of humanity, while still making an engaging and beautiful movie. That is why he was the perfect director for the American remake to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and that is why I believe he is the perfect choice for Flynn’s deeply flawed Gone Girl. Like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl is an interesting, yet bleak look into everyday society: the Swedish novel uses a murder to reveal the faulty social system and Gillian Flynn’s novel uses a disappearance to turn the idea of a ‘happy marriage’ on its head. While both books are entertaining in their own way, Fincher is able to elevate any material he works with: even Stieg Larsson, who is a better writer than Gillian Flynn, could have never dreamed of the American remake’s reception.
And now six months before its October 3rd release date, Gone Girl is given its first official trailer. And even though it reveals a small amount of plot, it is intriguing enough to make the viewer curious. And though I could not picture Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, the trailer showed Affleck using the right mixture of intensity and unease. And on top of this, Richard Butler’s incongruous ‘She’ serves as a chilling song that perfectly parallels the warped imagery, as the trailer progresses down the dark ‘rabbit hole.’ Was the trailer revolutionary? No, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo teaser featuring ‘Immigrant Song,’ is still my favorite trailer of all time; but it did get me more excited for a movie that should be on everyone’s radar. Again, the movie comes out later this year and boasts an all star cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Missi Pyle, Tyler Perry, and Kim Dickens.
In other news, after many were excited about the recent addition of the director to Sorkin’s Steve Jobs biopic, THR has reported that Fincher has dropped out of the project. And the reason for his departure is his $10 million fee, as well as, his need to control all marketing: a source close to studio stated, “You’re not doing Transformers here. You’re not doing Captain America. This is quality — it’s not screaming commerciality. He should be rewarded in success but not up front.”
While it is a shame that David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin will not be able to work together on the Steve Jobs biopic, I would rather have him work on a different kind of project. Yes, he did a fantastic job with The Social Network, but I feel like his talents will be wasted on another biopic. But then this begs the question, what should Fincher work on? Now, the director seems to elevate the material he works with, but I would like to see another movie in the vain of Zodiac: a smart but engaging bleak story that happens to have an ambiguous ending. In my opinion, it also happens to be one of the most underrated masterpieces in cinema history.
However, Fincher always seems to pick unexpected projects; when I read Gone Girl it did not seem like a David Fincher film. But all in all, I am glad that he is not doing the Steve Jobs biopic or the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake; his talents should be reserved for quality projects, commercial or not, that will push the director’s ability. Either way, hopefully he will pick his follow up to Gone Girl soon because I do not want to wait numerous years for his next picture. What do you think of David Fincher? Are you excited for Gone Girl? What do you think should be his next project?