HOLLYWOOD – Gone Girl director David Fincher is one of the few American film makers who seems able to work in the mainstream, make some fairly dreadful movies (Panic Room, Benjamin Button), some fairly good ones (Fight Club, Se7en), and still inspire respect in the critical community.
Our FACT squad descended on the Fight Club director likes a pack of starving rats and stripped his bones clean of all fact tissue, quite literally.
1. Despite including a specific rule in the film, everyone talks about Fight Club, which infuriates David Fincher, who is a stickler for rules.
2. David Fincher got his first job in the cinema as a special effect supervisor on Return of the Jedi. Anyone watching the film closely can spot his cameo as the Rancor Keeper, Malakili. His acting skills attracted so much attention that Lucas suggested he pursue acting as a possible career. Fincher lost weight especially but in the end no one wanted him, because Lucas was wrong and Fincher was actually a crap actor.
3. When making Se7en, Fincher tried to murder someone in order ‘to get the feel’. However, he hurt his hand and was quickly overpowered.
4. Although nominated for an Oscar for The Social Network, David Fincher prefers MySpace.
5. The Game that Michael Douglas plays in The Game is actually based on a version of Cluedo, but with all the rules changed to avoid copyright issues.
HOLLYWOOD – David Fincher will direct a new film based on the Gamer Gate ‘scandal’ set to star Stephen Baldwin and Rooney Mara from a screenplay by David Mamet.
The Social Network director said that the film would be ‘a kind of sequel’ to The Social Network:
In The Social Network we looked at the troubled lonely male who finds a way to power. Although he invents a social networking site, he himself is socially inept. In fact that’s basically why he does it. Roll on to the world of gaming and what you have is those same males, lonely and fearful of women and they see their world increasingly infringed on by girls and this leads to a virulent hatred and misogyny and bullying.
But what about the issue of journalistic ethics in the gaming community?
Oh that was complete nonsense from the get go. A guy had a hot girlfriend who was a programmer and they broke up and he blogged all their shit. It was low level revenge porn, without the porn. And most of it was inaccurate and has since been corrected. But what I’m interested in is the misogyny that then ensued with women being harassed and threatened with cyber bullying and actual violence. I’m casting Rooney because she is the girl who instigates The Social Network, and I got to thinking she doesn’t have much agency in that film. What if she became a hot shot game designer, and her male competitors couldn’t handle it.
Gamer Gate will be released in 2016.
SAN FRANSCICO – Mark Zuckerberg – the creator of Facebook and the billionaire subject of The Social Network – is to write, direct and produce a motion picture of his own based on the life of David Fincher entitled The Director of the Social Network.
We met Mark in a small café. He wore a casual set of PJs with a bathrobe thrown loosely around his shoulders and a pair of Louis Vuitton flip flops on his feet. He sits down unobtrusively, making room on a nearby seat for his pillow pet, Ralph.
So Mark, a film about the life of David Fincher. Tell us more.
Yeah, well. The fact of the matter is I saw The Social Network and I thought, yeah… You know. Like. But then as time went round I thought maybe unfriend. Maybe. And then I thought what if I did what he did but did it about him. So that’s how I thought of The Director of The Social Network.
Who is going to play Fincher?
I wanted to at first. Me. I thought Mark Zuckerberg: actor, director, producer, billionaire, big game hunter. But then I thought wait a minute. Phew. Wait. Wait. And I called Jesse Eisenberg and he said ‘yeah okay’ and that was it. I didn’t think it’d be so easy. So I had my Fincher.
What’s the story?
At first I was going to do a film about the whole of his career. The Madonna videos and Return of the Jedi and Alien 3, but then I thought, nah. He didn’t do the bit where I get my first bicycle. So I’m going to concentrate on him directing The Social Network. And he’s gonna be arguing with Brett Ratner (Armie Hammer) who claims that he directed The Social Network and David Fincher is gonna say ‘If you could’ve directed The Social Network, you would have directed The Social Network, Brett’. And Bret is just gonna eat shrimp and shut up.
Are you friends with David Fincher?
That’s the end of the film. Fincher asks for my friendship. He’s looking really sad and needy. Like a lonely nerd head and you know do I give him my friendship. Well, you’ll have to see the film.
The Director of the Social Network starts filming next month.
HOLLYWOOD – Quentin Tarantino‘s legal battle with internet site Gawker has only just begun but already Aaron Sorkin has scripted a legal drama on the subject entitled The F*ck You Network.
Well known for his topical film-making, David Fincher is on board to direct and had this to say earlier today.
Quentin Tarantino is an icon of a backward looking postmodernity and Gawker is all that is new and disturbing in our online culture. Coming head to head like this is going to make for a genuine clash of the titans. The minute I read Aaron’s script I knew I had to do it. He’s captured the dazzling verbal facility of the Reservoir Dogs director as well as the irreverent invective of Gawker. And he does the whole thing in walk and talks. No conference rooms.
Isn’t it too early for a film on the subject?
No. If anything, I’m worried we missed the boat. I know for a fact that Ron Howard and Peter Morgan are working on a rival project called Tarantino/Gawker.
Can you tell us something about the plot?
Sure. Sorkers has gone back to his A Few Good Men days. Tarantino is the washed up wunderkind who sits at home smoking dope and writing screenplays in biro cos he thinks it’s cool. He’s writing this Hateful Eight screenplay and Gawker are the goofy trendy kids who kind of go too far.
Will Quentin Tarantino appear in the film as himself?
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. No.
The F*ck You Network will be released in 2015.