Jan. 12, 2006
By Borys Kit
David Fincher is carving out room in his schedule for "Torso," a thriller based on a graphic novel written by Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andrey-ko, which he will direct for Paramount Pictures. Ehren Kruger is writing the adaptation, which will be produced by Pandemonium's Bill Mechanic, Angry Films' Don Murphy and comic artist Todd McFarlane.
"Torso" tells the true but relatively unknown story of Treasury Department agent Eliot Ness' time after his Al Capone days, when he moved to Cleveland to be the city's public safety officer. Torsos began appearing in the river, and Ness began receiving notes taunting him to catch the killer. Ness, who had no experience in police work, put together a team of ex-officers to apprehend the serial murderer.
The graphic novel was written by Bendis and Andreyko and drawn by Bendis in the late 1990s. Bendis has since gone on to become one of the top writers in comics, with acclaimed runs on "Daredevil" and "Ultimate Spider-Man." Several of his creator-owned comics are in development around town, including "Jinx," which is set up at Universal Pictures with Charlize Theron attached.
"Torso" first was optioned by "Spawn" creator McFarlane, and Murphy came aboard later to give the project traction. Murphy went to Mechanic, who brought in Fincher.
Fincher directed "Fight Club" for Mechanic when Mechanic was head of 20th Century Fox.
Overseeing "Torso" for the studio are Alli Shearmur and Marc Evans. Todd McFarlane Prods.' Terry Fitzgerald also is producing.
Kruger's credits include "The Ring" and "The Ring Two," "The Skeleton Key" and "Arlington Road." He is repped by Paradigm.
The CAA-repped Fincher is well-acquainted with the serial killer underworld, having directed the cult hit "Seven." He is shooting "Zodiac," the Jake Gyllenhaal starrer about the 1970s San Francisco serial killer, which will be distributed domestically by Paramount.
"Torso" will be Fincher's third movie for Paramount, behind "Zodiac" and the in-development fantasy-drama "Benjamin Button."