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."