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Fincher’s Ness May Not Be Untouchable
Matt Damon-starrer waits for green light

04 December 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: EW

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It’s been rumoured for a while that Matt Damon would be starring as Eliot Ness, the Treasury agent most famous for leading the legendary Untouchables, in David Fincher’s Ness, a thriller which would tell the tale of the great detective’s investigation of the brutal Torso murders in the late 1930s.

And now EW.com is reporting that Damon has indeed signed on to star in the movie, along with Casey Affleck and Rachel McAdams – but despite that serious star wattage, the movie may not go ahead.

Paramount, the studio which holds the rights to the project (which may or may not be adapted from Brian Michael Bendis’ graphic novel, Torso), has until December 15 to decide whether or not to make the film, and is taking its time making up its mind. A studio spokesperson told EW that they had only just received the final script, by Ehren Kruger, and would be making a decision before the deadline.

However, the plot thickens. Jeff Wells, over at Hollywood Elsewhere, says that the word on the street is that Paramount is holding off on the greenlight for Ness in the hopes that Fincher will instead commit to the chef-based comedy with Keanu Reeves that was first mooted last week. It is believed that this might be a resurrection of Seared, the dark comedy that Fincher was going to make with Brad Pitt a number of years ago, but at the moment, concrete details aren’t forthcoming.

Although it might seem unusual that Paramount might be holding off on giving Ness the green light, especially with Fincher likely to be Oscar-nominated for The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, bear in mind that they might be nervous about comparisons to Zodiac, Fincher’s last movie about an obsessive hunt for a serial killer. Although that was critically acclaimed, it failed at the box office and, despite the presence of Damon, McAdams and the growing appeal of Affleck The Younger, they might be scared about the same thing happening to Ness.

The Torso murders, by the way, were a series of brutal murders that took place in the Cleveland area between 1935 and 1938, and were investigated by Ness, who was by then the Public Safety Director of Cleveland. To read more about them and the outcome of the investigation, click here to go to Wikipedia.

As for Fincher’s film, more as we get it. But what would you rather see, readers – chef comedy or period crime thriller? Or, in an ideal world, both?

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RE: Fincher’s Ness May Not Be Untouchable
I'm still amazed how few Arthur C Clarke books have been adapted, excluding ] (which was written simultaneous with the film) ] is the only movie adaption of his work.   ] and od's Endboth make brilliant films. More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 21:22 on 07 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Fincher’s Ness May Not Be Untouchable
Well if Avatar is successful then the studios may become interested in making sci-fi epics again which may make Paramount put more effort into getting Rama made. More

Posted by BatFan at 21:20 on 07 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Fincher’s Ness May Not Be Untouchable
Rama must be made!   Preferably in 3D if it takes off.   More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 21:15 on 07 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Fincher’s Ness May Not Be Untouchable
L: Tech_Noir L: BatFan Didn't Fincher say that there is still no script for Rama and that the film probably won't happen? What?? Then why the Hell was he getting everyone's hopes up all these years?? sp; en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Fincher#Future_projectsp; The status of all of Finchers future projects. More

Posted by BatFan at 21:11 on 07 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Fincher’s Ness May Not Be Untouchable
L: BatFan Didn't Fincher say that there is still no script for Rama and that the film probably won't happen? sp; What??   Then why the Hell was he getting everyone's hopes up all these years?? More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 20:41 on 07 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Fincher’s Ness May Not Be Untouchable
Well, it's a shame they're not making it, but with a name as stupid as ], perhaps it's a good thing. I'd be interested in es wasn't going to be involved, though it sounds like certain scenes from lub into a full movie. More

Posted by Dirty Hartigan at 18:19 on 07 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Fincher’s Ness May Not Be Untouchable
and of course Freeman was in that car crash so i think his continued involvement was being questioned last i heard. but still it would be wicked... More

Posted by richCie at 16:22 on 07 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Fincher’s Ness May Not Be Untouchable
Didn't Fincher say that there is still no script for Rama and that the film probably won't happen? More

Posted by BatFan at 14:17 on 07 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Fincher’s Ness May Not Be Untouchable
i'm with Tech actually. Ness sounds pretty good but nowhere near as good as Fincher's take on Rendevous with Rama. that'd be something to see! More

Posted by richCie at 14:08 on 07 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Fincher’s Ness May Not Be Untouchable
Damn it Fincher, just make Rama!!!! More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 13:14 on 07 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Fincher’s Ness May Not Be Untouchable
L: BatFan Because like Empire said it didn't make much money at the box office and so Paramount probably thought it would be a big awards film but it didn't even get a single one. Although I fail to see how a film with Keanu Reeves as a chef is expected to do better financially or critically. Personally i'd like to see both. Ness sounds perfect already but Chef intrigues me, it can't just be about Keanu Reeves as a Chef, it's gotta have some seedy underbelly to it, maybe it's about him c More

Posted by BatFan at 12:24 on 07 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Fincher’s Ness May Not Be Untouchable
Because like Empire said it didn't make much money at the box office and so Paramount probably thought it would be a big awards film but it didn't even get a single one. Although I fail to see how a film with Keanu Reeves as a chef is expected to do better financially or critically. Personally i'd like to see both. Ness sounds perfect already but Chef intrigues me, it can't just be about Keanu Reeves as a Chef, it's gotta have some seedy underbelly to it, maybe it's about him cooking people? More

Posted by BatFan at 12:22 on 07 December 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Fincher’s Ness May Not Be Untouchable
David Fincher- Brilliant director behind some of the best films ever Matt Damon- Great actor who played Jason Bourne (Nuff said) Casey Affleck- Another great actor who kicks his brothers ass left and right and the great true story of Elliot Ness! Winning combo. Why isnt this being made NOW??!?!? More

Posted by scarface666brooksy!! at 11:21 on 07 December 2008 | Report This Post

Ness hands down
A live action comedy about a Chef does absolutely nothing for me. Another crime thriller from the dark and twisted mind that gave us Se7en and the totally underrated Zodiac? Yes pretty pretty please! More

Posted by JohnClark at 07:42 on 05 December 2008 | Report This Post

BOTH!
I want both, dammit. Ness has 'awesome-Ness' written all over it. Zodiac was brilliant, and Se7en was incredible too, plus this has Damon and Casey Affleck signed on. What the fuck is wrong with Paramount? Work it out, dick heads! Then make Chef. Would rather see it with Pitt in over Keanu, but would be interesting either way. Fincher is pretty much my favourite director working these days and he should be allowed to make whatever he wants. More

Posted by Jack'sSmirkinRevenge at 05:12 on 05 December 2008 | Report This Post

Chef movie.
Ness sounds great, but I just know that David Fincher directing a fast paced movie about restaurant kitchens would be hugely entertaining. Give us something diferent, Dave! More

Posted by Mad Dog Tannen at 10:15 on 04 December 2008 | Report This Post

Ness over Chef...Fincher likes his serial killers but i love the idea of him doing another period tale. And it has Damon AND Affleck! what could go wrong? More

Posted by richCie at 10:08 on 04 December 2008 | Report This Post

Fincher AND Damon?!
this film is already brilliant More

Posted by Hughezy at 09:21 on 04 December 2008 | Report This Post

Period crime thriller. Without a doubt. A comedy? About a chef? With Keanu Reeves? Could be interesting, but who knows..... if it's pitch black comedy, could be good, but I prefer the sound of Ness More

Posted by dctuck at 08:41 on 04 December 2008 | Report This Post

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