David Fincher. That’s the name that first comes to mind when you think of a director who leaves his imprints on every scene that he shoots. When his first film ‘Alien 3’ came out in 1992, the film industry knew that it had acquired yet another caterpillar who would try to crawl all the way up, but will end up in the mediocre grade eventually.
But then came ‘Se7en’.
In the year 1995, viewers and critics were treated with a film that redefined crime thriller genre. The central theme of most of the crime films till then was “good vs. bad”. Fincher turned it around to “known vs unknown”. And that hasn’t changed till today. There are three hallmarks of a Fincher film: 1. dark, moody atmosphere; 2. As a filmmaker he doesn’t pick sides — he leaves that moral dilemma to viewers; 3. His villains (if you want to call them that) are very smart.
If ‘Se7en’ put Fincher right at the top of “talents to watch out for” ladder, ‘Fight Club’ cemented his place as one of the best of our times. Then came along films like ‘Zodiac’, ‘The Social Network’, ‘The Girl With Dragon Tattoo’ and most recently, ‘Gone Girl’. All excellent in their own right. Unquestionably, there is no one in the business who makes better thriller films. In the post-Hitchcock era, he is arguably the greatest.
His Next Project: ‘World War Z 2’
It is still hard to believe that David Fincher said “yes” to directing World War Z 2. This sequel originally had J.A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) attached to direct, but then it was revealed that he would take on A Monster Calls first, before ultimately backing away from World War Z 2 altogether. Writer Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) boarded the project in May 2014, with the writer revealing in January 2015 that the movie will start with a “clean slate” adding that it’s not quite like the last movie. Still, that was long before David Fincher came aboard.
The reason it is difficult to fathom how David Fincher agreed to directing the sequel to a film that can be called mediocre at best lies in the types of projects he has historically chosen. World War Z belongs to horror zombie genre that is anything but the realistic mystery dramas that Fincher likes to make and specializes in. One could argue that he wants to challenge himself by turning around a genre that very few take seriously. Clue: Christopher Nolan completely changed the face of superhero films with Batman Begins. Can Fincher do the same with zombie films? We will have to wait possibly till 2020 to know the answer to that question.
Why so late? Well, because it has been reported that World War Z 2 is being put on hold for allowing Brad Pitt to shoot for Quentin Tarantino’s new film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood for Sony Pictures. There’s another reason why World War Z 2 has been put on hold. It has been reported that Paramount has shelved production of the film until 2019 so that David Fincher can shift his focus over to Mindhunter season 2.
His Current Project: ‘Mindhunter Season 2’
‘Mindhunter’ is truly a singular piece of art. While people are crazy for TV shows like ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’, the truth is nothing comes close to ‘Mindhunter’ in terms of story-telling. And there’s only one man that can be credited for envisioning such a great show: David Fincher.
‘Mindhunter’ tries to poke at the curtain of the mystery that is closest to us and yet, still, far from reach- the human brain. Especially, the brain that doesn’t act like the other, normal ones. This show follows two FBI agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench as they try to understand what makes a serial killer tick. ‘Mindhunter’ is based on the book of the same name by former FBI agent John Douglas, in collaboration with the writer Mark Olshaker. Divid Fincher is officially the director of first two and last episodes of Season 1, but you can clearly see his stamp in all seasons. He set the template for the whole season that other directors, to their credit, followed quite well.
With the first Season ending on a cliffhanger, it will be interesting to see what direction, Fincher wants to take with the second season. It has been confirmed that Mindhunter Season 2 is currently being shot and Fincher is heavily invested into it. If everything goes well, Season 2 should premiere sometime early next year. Till then, bow to the master.
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