David Fincher, the man behind creepy procedurals Zodiac and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, might be turning his camera toward Gillian Flynn‘s blockbuster 2012 novel Gone Girl. According to Variety, the director is in early talks to tackle the project, which is being produced by Reese Witherspoon (no word yet on whether she’ll also appear in the film). Flynn’s dark mystery — about a husband dealing with his wife’s sudden disappearance — was one of 2012′s biggest (and best) novels. The author, a former Entertainment Weekly TV critic, is writing the screenplay. If Fincher does end up signing on the timing of the project is unclear, since the director is already reportedly attached to a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea movie and might still take on Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sequel The Girl Who Played With Fire.
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David Fincher may be a big-name director, but that doesn’t mean his name alone can turn dream projects into reality. Take The Goon, Fincher and Blur Studio’s proposed animated adaptation of Eric Powell’s inventively manic Dark Horse comic series. Despite the creation of a three-minute “proof of concept” teaser that has been making the rounds on the Internet since 2010, Hollywood still hasn’t taken the bait. So that’s why the studio and The Social Network director are bypassing the traditional greenlighting process and going straight to the public. A Kickstarter campaign launched today aims to raise $400,000 in the next month to fund an extended story reel — “a complete look at the film’s potential” — that would be used to convince studios to pick up the film.
The comics are a winkingly over-the-top salmagundi of zombies, robots, monsters, and gangster archetypes, and follows the crackling and un-PG adventures of the hulking Goon and his quick-patter companion, Franky. Actors Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti, who lent their voices to the original pitch video, are set to reprise their roles. The Kickstarter page claims that while that video was well-received, more is required to sway the suits, considering it “isn’t a sequel or filled with dancing animals.”
Fincher also teamed up with Blur Studio’s Tim Miller and Jeff Fowler for this funny (and multi-targeted) launch video. READ FULL STORY »
Harris Savides, the cinematographer behind some of the most visually striking films and music videos of the last 20 years, passed away today. He was 55.
A native New Yorker, Savides started out his career as a fashion photographer. Moving into music videos, he collaborated with director Mark Romanek on his iconic videos for Madonna’s “Rain” (for which Savides won a Video Music Award), Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer,” Michael and Janet Jackson’s “Scream,” and Fiona Apple’s ”Criminal” – giving each video its own sleek, burnished cinematic bearing.
Harris also worked on music videos and commercials with David Fincher and Gus Van Sant, a partnership that would continue into feature films, including Fincher’s The Game and Zodiac, and six movies with Van Sant: Finding Forrester, Gerry, Elephant, Last Days, Milk, and Restless. READ FULL STORY »
The Girl Who Played With Fire
The Girl Who Played With Fire, the sequel to last year’s David Fincher-directed The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, will not be in theaters late next year as had originally been hoped, a source close to the production tells EW. Dragon Tattoo screenwriter Steven Zaillian is still working on the script, and nothing will move forward until the screenplay is nailed down. While there’s still no director attached, Fincher remains the first choice and hasn’t ruled out returning. And despite the uncertain timetable, the film is still definitely moving forward, although the source says that they are not in a rush and at this point there is no information about when it might be released. In November, Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal told us that stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig were both locked in for the sequel.
‘The Dark Knight Rises,’ ‘Muppets,’ and ‘Dragon Tattoo’ named best trailers of the year
‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Blu-ray: Behind the scenes with David Fincher and Steve Zaillian — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' Blu-ray: Behind the scenes with David Fincher and Steve Zaillian -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
In case you decided against seeing David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in theaters because its bruise-black Scandinavian nihilism wasn’t quite the holiday pick-me-up you were looking for, the good news is it finally comes out on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow. But even if you have seen Daniel Craig inhabit the role of disgraced investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara’s harrowing, Oscar-nominated turn as the pierced cyber-sleuth Lisbeth Salander, you might want to check it out again on Blu-ray — if for no other reason than to take a deep dive in the disc’s four hours of extras.
In addition to an audio commentary with the exacting Fincher that you won’t want to miss, there are plenty of Millennium trilogy bits and bobs to keep you inside just as the weather’s getting nice again. Entertainment Weekly has two exclusive clips of what you can look forward to. READ FULL STORY »
Oscars 2012 Behind the Scenes: How the hypnotizing 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' opening credits came to be
Each year, the Oscars recognize A-list talent we regularly see on-screen, on the red carpet, and in tabloids. But the Academy Awards also reward those who work behind the scenes: the writers, editors, costume designers, and others who help create trophy-worthy movie magic. This Oscars season, we’ll be toasting those off-screen artists by delving into the hidden secrets that helped create the on-screen magic that we — and the Academy — fell in love with. For more access backstage during this Oscars season, click here for EW.com’s Oscars Behind the Scenes coverage.
David Fincher is known for regularly delivering thought-provoking, stylish films that often stay with you for weeks, but the director is not given enough credit for his artistic touch on the opening credits for his films, which often play out like moody short films in and of themselves. Couldn’t sleep for a while thanks the chilling ending of Se7en? Those creepy, foreshadowing opening credits probably didn’t help you get a wink either. The manic opening for Fight Club set the stage for the cult favorite, while Zodiac‘s haunting puzzler made viewers inevitably go back for a second (or third… or fourth) look. And, this year, the Oscar-nominated adaptation The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo boasted an opening to join the pantheon of great Fincher credits.
EW spoke with Tim Miller, the Creative Director of Blur, the design studio responsible for those dark and thrilling Dragon Tattoo opening credits, on how Fincher approached him for the project, how the two-and-a-half-minute sequence was made, and why moviegoers have reacted to the sequence the way they have.
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Rooney Mara talks future projects, promoting 'Dragon Tattoo': 'Everyone is like, So, the rape scene. Was that hard?'
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Last time we last talked you said one of the hardest scenes to shoot was the one where you’re in the subway and have to fight a guy who steals your computer. [At the time of this interview, Mara still hadn’t seen the finished film.] You spent three grueling 10-hour days doing nothing but running and fighting. In the movie that scene is over in a flash…
ROONEY MARA: Yeah, exactly. I’ve seen that scene because I had to do ADR [additional dialogue recording] for it, and it’s like, f—, that’s three days worth of work? That scene was not like that when I shot it. It’s hard to see [a film when it's finished], because you want to have your own memory and experience of it, and when the movie’s finished it’s never the same. It’s really scary to see yourself. I’m really hard on myself. You always look back and wish you’d done things differently. You see every little thing that other people don’t notice. It’s just a very weird experience. I always wish I can just go back and start over, reshoot the whole thing. You watch a scene and think, Oh I would have done that differently. I think David always feels that way too, which is maybe why we work well together. We would be reshooting until the end of the world if we could. [Laughs]
You’ve talked about being shy and liking to watch people more than being watched. Now you’re starting to get a sense of what this movie is going to do to your life. What’s it like so far?
I’m very grateful for all the opportunity it’s given me. I’m grateful to be able to continue to work with incredible directors and the material that’s coming my way is certainly much richer. The other part of it I haven’t really gotten a taste for, and I don’t really want a taste for it. So we’ll see when and if that happens how I feel about it. I don’t really like this [promotional] part of moviemaking.
You certainly picked the wrong line of work…
I know. [Laughs] Well, you know, this is a strange part of the job. But for the acting part I think being a wallflower is really helpful. I think observing people is part of the job, having an understanding for different people and how they act and react.
Fincher has described you as being “a weirdo.” What do you think he was talking about? READ FULL STORY »
[To those who have yet to see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Beware, here thar be spoilers.]
Plenty of cinema’s violent scenes have been underscored by equally violent music (take the staccato stabs of Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho theme), but sometimes the best way to bring the horror into full relief is with something completely incongruous. One of the few times The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo takes a break from Trent Reznor’s thrumming, entrancing score is during one of its more harrowing scenes, when Martin Vanger (Stellan Skarsgard) has trapped Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) in his murder den and is preparing to wreak havoc on his pursuer. What music does the serial killer and modern-furniture enthusiast choose to set the mood? The 1988 new age-y hit “Orinoco Flow” by Enya, previously played mostly in less dangerous environs like elevators or waiting rooms.
But the real person responsible for forever tainting your memory of anodyne late-’80s hits? Daniel Craig. READ FULL STORY »
Strange and amazing 'Dragon Tattoo'-related video: watch the mysterious nine-minute 'Hard Copy' tribute here -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
This morning we managed to get our hands on something really weird and cool: a nine-minute, painstakingly detailed recreation of schlocky ’80s-’90s tabloid show Hard Copy that’s supposedly devoted to the disappearance of Harriet Vanger (the central mystery in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo). There are too many great touches to recount here (authentic period commercials, Swedish local-news coverage of the 1966 accident on the bridge, an interview with a neighbor of the Vanger’s who’s feuding with them over their property border), but trust us: if you’re into Dragon Tattoo, this is a must-watch.
Where did this crazy thing come from? Here’s a bit of back story. A shadowy website called Mouth Taped Shut launched in August with links to Dragon Tattoo-related news and a few behind-the-scenes photos that suggested it might somehow be connected to the production. But things really got interesting when the site inaugurated a competition that involves solving puzzles embedded in photos posted on the site. Crack the code and you unlock a location somewhere in the world. The first person to get there finds an apparently authentic prop from the film, like one of Henrik Vanger’s framed, pressed flowers (be sure to read this story about how one treasure hunter found the coolest reward to date: Lisbeth’s leather jacket).
Today another clue was posted and two prizes in two different locations quickly uncovered: a pair of VHS tapes containing this Hard Copy video. And since you probably didn’t find them (and even more probably don’t have a VHS player), we’ve got the entire video below for you to check out.
So who made the elaborate clip? Whoever it was, you have to admire the warped mind that came up with this and executed it so brilliantly. We didn’t think this would be possible, but now we’re even more excited to see Dragon Tattoo when it opens Dec. 21.
Check out the video after the jump and let us know what you think. READ FULL STORY »