The long-in-development film version of Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko's graphic novel 'Torso' looks as if it may be going back on the moth balls, according to a report from EW.com.
With David Fincher attached to direct and a purported cast that would include Matt Damon, Casey Affleck, and Rachel McAdams and a fact-based story that involves legendary lawman Elliot Ness, it would seem like a no-brainer for Paramount to greenlight. However, the studio's rights are set to lapse on December 15th.
Paramount has said they only recently received a finalized script from Ehren Kruger ('The Ring') and plan to render a decision before the clock runs out.
We've heard in the past that Fincher and Paramount butted heads over 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' (due in theaters this month) and there's supposedly bad blood between them. Recently Kevin Eastman, who is partnered with Fincher on the new 'Heavy Metal' movie, talked about the acrimony between the studio and the filmmaker over the running time 'Benjamin', which caused them to take their movie to Sony.
If you haven't read the graphic novel 'Torso' is a gripping thriller with a great set of characters, and remains one of Bendis' best works. The movie version has always seemed obvious to us, so it Paramount passes it's sure to get picked up elsewhere.
Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.