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TORSO movie attracting big players

Producer addresses casting rumors of Bendis/Andreyko adaptation

By Rob M. Worley     November 07, 2008
Source: MTV Splash Page

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© Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko

The film version of Brian Michael Bends and Marc Andreyko's amazing graphic novel 'Torso' has long been circling the rings of development hell. However, there have been many favorable indicators for the project, not the least of which is the attachment of David Fincher as director. Back in September, Mania reported that Matt Damon is rumored to be attached to play Elliot Ness in the film.

The graphic novel tells the fascinating, fact-based story of one of America's earliest serial killers, who plagued Cleveland and eluded Elliot Ness, who was the city's high-profile Safety Director in the year's following his FBI career. The book focuses on two cops who doggedly pursue the Torso Killer while Ness grabs the headlines. Seems like a no-brainer for a film, right?

MTV Splash Page checked in with Bill Mechanic, producer of the movie who addressed the Damon rumor as well as a more recent rumor that puts Jake Gyllenhaal (Fincher's leading man in 'Zodiac') in the film.

"Some of those rumors are true, and some of those rumors are not true," Mechanic told MTV. "But there are major people waiting to come aboard."

The film has a script by Ehren Kruger, of 'The Ring' and 'Arlington Road' fame. "It’s the best thing he’s written by far. Even the minor parts, there are places where real actors can score," Mechaninc enthused. "It’s an Oscar-caliber script."

However, Mechanic said the film still awaits the green light from Paramount.

"I would hope we’re shooting by spring," he said. "If it doesn’t get made, it’s a sin."

Thanks to Antonello Blueberry for the submission.


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monkeyfoot 11/7/2008 8:25:40 AM

I don't know anything about the true incidents or the graphic novel but it would be kind of interesting to get Kevin Costner to repeat his performance as Ness for this film.

scoundrel 11/7/2008 10:39:52 AM

Yeah, Costner would be a fascinating choice.  I really like Damon, too, and I'm sure he could pull it off, but I love the idea of Costner...

Flint521466 11/8/2008 12:30:16 AM

It's gotta be Costner.  That would be fantastic!

TheXenos 11/8/2008 9:22:37 AM

Torso is a fantastic graphic novel. It's a rarity as a true crime graphic novel. It would easily make a fanstic film.  Hearing big names and even the name Oscar being tossed around doesn't surprise me. The material is ripe for a fantastic film.

Glenderry 11/10/2008 1:55:00 AM

Hhhmmmmm....Costner? That would be interesting..........very interesting. But I can't see Costner  gettin along too well with the likes of Fincher and vice versa. Costner strikes me as the type of actor not to do 60 takes for a scene and Fincher would have not have a measure of Costners ego. Still...............I think it could be an interesting result for both parties involved. Fincher, regardless of his rumoured methods makes interesting and riveting films. And you can't say that about a lot  the filmakers out there today.



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