I consider David Fincher to be one of the best directors in all of Hollywood and there’s no doubt the man is quite gifted behind the camera. While his work is incredibly respected it’s kind of interesting to know that even Fincher can get a little annoyed that more people don’t get out there and see his films. It’s not like he has no audience but his movies aren’t typically blockbusters when it comes to ticket sales. According to The Film Stage
Around the release of Gone Girl, I recall someone asking David Fincher why he wanted to adapt a pulpy best-seller instead of perhaps a more original project. His response was that he wanted people to actually show up to the multiplex to see his work, hinting at the rather cold initial response to his masterpiece. One has to imagine that’s a substantial reason for how he decided on his next project as he’s pushing that notion to extreme.
After various stages of attachment, Variety is reporting that The Social Network director has actually closed a deal to direct a sequel to World War Z. Although he did do a remake with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, this would mark his first direct sequel since his infamously bungled debut, Alien 3. Paramount is moving fast on the project as well, with production aiming to begin early next year, so one can imagine we’ll see it by 2019.
It’s important to note that World War Z grossed $550 million at the box office. While I think pure David Fincher fans might be a little annoyed at this news, it’s understandable. The man is human and naturally when you direct a film you want people to see it. If you’re going to blame anyone on this project, blame Brad Pitt since these two are connected at the hip. And don’t forget, this is David Fincher. I don’t think he’d go into a film, even a blockbuster without giving it the full David Fincher treatment. I think he may very well surprise us.