In 1962, Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut spent a week in a room at Universal Studios talking about movies. That interview became the book Hitchcock/Truffaut, which proceeds systematically as the two explore Hitchcock’s career, analyzing each of his films one by one. The discussion wasn’t filmed, but the audio was recorded, and now that audio forms the spine of Kent Jones’ Hitchcock/Truffaut documentary, which doesn’t so much adapt the book as it does bring it to life onscreen. Hearing Hitchcock and Truffaut makes clear something that’s easy to forget reading words on a page: That this conversation — maybe the greatest ever on the subject of films and filmmaking — was conducted through a translator. Hitchcock didn’t know French; Truffaut couldn’t understand English. But both spoke the language of cinema, which transcends communicative limitations.
A few weeks ago, David Fincher seemed to drum up trouble with HBO, as the future of both his music comedy Video Synchronicity and U.K.-adapted Gillian Flynn collaboration Utopia came into doubt. Now, Utopia has officially been shelved at the network, simultaneously revealing its cast of Rooney Mara, Colm Feore and more.
We weren’t terribly broken up to learn that David Fincher’s ‘80s music comedy Video Synchronicity had halted production, though those angling for his and Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn’s take on U.K. series Utopia, complete with Rooney Mara in the lead, may be in for some bad news. Neither may happen now, as HBO may not see eye to eye with Fincher anymore
Netflix's House of Cards seems tailor-made for the intricacy of American politics, but did you know the series originated in the U.K., or as a book before that? Or that much of the series subs in Baltimore, Maryland for Washington D.C.? Mind the train tracks for our 17th episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?,’ which claws up the political food chain for Netflix's House of Cards!
Earlier this year, it was announced that the Gone Girl team of David Fincher, author / screenwriter Gillian Flynn and Ben Affleck would be combining their forces once again for a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. The remake would offer a bit of a twist on the original, and it sounded like a very exciting project. You shouldn’t get too excited, though, because according to Flynn it’s going to be a while before this one happens.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of plans for a Fight Club musical — director David Fincher has spoken about it for years, originally targeting the film’s 10th anniversary in 2009. That obviously didn’t happen, but according to author Chuck Palahniuk, we may be closer than ever to seeing the dream of a Fight Club rock opera made reality.
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything from the front of Gone Girl pair David Fincher and Gillian Flynn’s Utopia adaptation at HBO, but with Fincher’s Video Synchronicity seemingly on ice, Utopia may again rise. And what better way to get things moving, than reuniting with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara?
Pilot production and purchased scripts are never any guarantee of success in the TV world, but less frequently does a big-name HBO series in production suddenly pull the plug. That fate may now have befallen A-list director David Fincher, as HBO has reportedly shut down production of upcoming ‘80s comedy Video Synchronicity.
If you're a big Fight Club fan (and, if so, who can blame you), you might have seen a lot of the subliminal messages cut throughout the film like the many split-second Tyler Durden appearances or the occasional flashes of, ahem, the male anatomy. But, here's something you may have missed: director David Fincher says there is a Starbucks coffee cup hidden in every scene of the movie.
Google “Gone Girl” and “Hitchcockian” and you get 37,400 results. (37,401, once this piece goes up.) Critics and viewers hailed David Fincher’s adaptation of author (and screenwriter) Gillian Flynn’s domestic drama as a superb modern version of an old-school thriller by the Master of Suspense. Whether that was Fincher and Flynn’s goal all along, or simply an interesting byproduct of their work, it’s interesting in light of today’s news that Fincher and Flynn are looking to reteam—along with their ‘Gone Girl’ star, Ben Affleck—on a remake of one of Hitchcock’s most beloved films, 1951’s ‘Strangers on a Train.’