It seems that with shooting complete on his film about the founding of Facebook, The Social Network, David Fincher is casting around for a new project, with three possibilities emerging over the weekend. For a start, Vulture is linking him to the English language film version of Stieg Larsson’s novel, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Apparently Sony are very happy with what Fincher has done with The Social Network and now want him for the mystery, which may have Carey Mulligan as its female lead. Schindler’s List writer Steven Zaillian is currently working on the screenplay.
There have also been reports that the director is still shopping his Heavy Metal movie around Hollywood, which will be an animated portnanteau pic, with a series of different directors handling different stories within the film. It’ll be based on the sci-fi/fantasy/horror magazine, which first became a film in 1981. Fincher has been trying to get the film made since 2008, but it got dropped by Paramount and is yet to find a new home. Now Fincher is back out shopping it around, this time with the extra inducement that James Cameron has agreed to direct one of the 3D animated segment (and so has Zach Snyder).
As if all that weren’t enough to keep Fincher busy, Variety is reporting that he’s circling Pawn Sacrifice, about the life of American chess icon Bobby Fischer, leading up to his historic world championship match against Boris Spassky. Although chess doesn’t sound like the most thrilling subject for a movie, Steven Knight’s screenplay has attracted a huge amount of interest in Hollywood, with several a-list directors said to be sniffing around it. However Sony is currently keen to keep Fincher working for them, so it seems that if he doesn’t want Gradon Tattoo, they’ll be more than happy to give him Pawn Sacrifice.