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Par lets TORSO rights lapse

Fincher-helmed project in limbo

By Rob M. Worley     January 23, 2009


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In spite of the recent accolades heaped on director David Fincher and his 2008 film 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button', Paramount Pictures has failed to retain the rights to 'Torso', the fact-based comic that Fincher aimed to begin filming this year.

Paramount has been developing the movie, based on the outstanding graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Andreyko, since 2006. Word last year was that the film was attracting top acting talent, such as Matt Damon and Casey Affleck, and the Elliot Ness angle to the movie made it seem like a sure thing. However, later in the year stories began to emerge that time was running out for Paramount to renew their deal on the film. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, that time has run out and no deal has been struck.

Accoring to the report, Paramount's ability to retain an "option" on the film expired. An option deal merely means that the party holding the option can pursue the development of the source material without competition. Further down the road that party would have to purchase the rights to the movie to actually make it. Last December Paramount arrived at a place where they could no longer extend their option and would have to pay up for the film rights or let the project go.

Some mark this up to tough financial times but other have speculated on the rocky relationship between the studio and Fincher over the cut of 'Benjamin Button'.

According to insiders, Fincher has expressed confusion by the siutation. 'Benjamin Button' made money for the studio while garnering numerous awards including Best Picture and Best Director nominations from the Oscars.

Fincher and the producers of the film are free to shop the graphic novel rights to another studio, but Paramount still owns the screenplay developed by Ehren Krueger. So they'd have to start over with a new screenwriter.

The Hollywood Reporter suggests that a more likely move would have Paramount striking a new deal with Bendis and Andreyko over the rights to the Graphic Novel to keep the current version of the project on track.

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MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 1/23/2009 9:07:14 AM

Whatever they do I hope Fincher is still onboard.; this movie is right up his alley.  I just hope there's not going to be another Watchmen fiasco when all is said and done.  And I bet there will be even if they use a different screenplay.  Somebody is going to see this is going to be another hit and then go..."This is too close to the original screenplay that was wrote and blah blah blah."  Damn it.  If anything I was looking for another Fincher murder mystey.  This could be Seven, Zodiac, and Untouchables all rolled into one.

xenomorph 1/23/2009 9:19:13 AM

I just hope this doesn't interupt Fincher's new HEAVT METAL movie.

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 1/23/2009 10:28:51 AM

Well, obviously it won't if they just lost the rights for it.  Which means it's going to be in limbo for awhile.

gauleyboy420 1/23/2009 11:15:59 AM

YOU GOTTA BE FUCKING KIDDING ME. I KNOW EVERYONE LOVES LOST (but me, I would like it probably, but I've never watched it)

BUT BACK TO MY RANT!!!

WHERE THE FUCK IS THE BSG REVIEW ALREADY!!!?????


I HAVE TO GO TO OTHER SITES, AND DISCUSS IT WITH PEOPLE I DON"T KNOW OR LIKE!!!!

COME THE FUCK ON MANIA, BESIDES YOUR NEW CLUTTERED DESIGN MAKING THE SITE SLOW AS MOLASSES IN JANUARY,

I'M A GRAPHIC DESIGNER, SOMETIMES LESS IS MORE! ADDING AN UGLY BACKGROUND FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR DESIGNERS EGO, AT THE COST OF SERIOUSLY SLOWING DOWN THE SITE, THATS STUPID. AND IT LOOKS LIKE A MYSPACE PAGE.

YOU"RE SERIOUSLY DROPPING THE BALL!!!!!

ALMOST A WEEK WITH NO BSG REVIEW???!!!

How am I gonna hear Hanso talk about Helo's pipi?
 

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