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David Fincher falls into 'Black Hole'


The Fire Rises
May 19, 2007
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David Fincher to Direct Black Hole

Variety reports that David Fincher will direct Black Hole for Paramount Pictures. Alexandre Aja was previously attached to direct.

Based on Charles Burns' graphic novel, the project was set up at MTV Films but will now be developed at the parent studio. Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman were tapped to adapt the screenplay in March 2006.

This is how the book is described:

Suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the out-set that a strange plague has descended upon the area's teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested in any number of ways - from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) - but once you've got it, that's it. There's not turning back.

As we inhabit the heads of several key characters - some kids who have it, some who don't, some who are about to get it - what unfolds isn't the expected battle to fight the plague, or bring heightened awareness to it , or even to treat it. What we become witness to instead is a fascinating and eerie portrait of the nature of high school alienation itself - the savagery, the cruelty, the relentless anxiety and ennui, the longing for escape.

And then the murders start.

As hypnotically beautiful as it is horrifying, Black Hole transcends its genre by deftly exploring a specific American cultural moment in flux and the kids who are caught in it- back when it wasn't exactly cool to be a hippie anymore, but Bowie was still just a little too weird.

To say nothing of sprouting horns and molting your skin...

Like the sound of it. :up:
Sounds pretty interesting and with Fincher to direct I'll have to check it out.
o my god u have u have no idea how exciteing this is for me!! this is awsome i loved black hole and david fincher is one of my favorite directors!! he is perfect for this feel of movie!! o wow look forward to the best comic adaptation ever guys!!
After reading this earlier I checked my library online and reserved a copy of the graphic novel.
I'm a Fincher fan but the material doesn't interest me, i'd prefer he made the Killer first.
I think this will be very good. Fincher's style is perfectly suited to this. The graphic novel itself is very dark, and highly-stylised. However, i'm not sure how well the graphic nudity and extremely odd mutations will translate to screen.
Really suprised more people arent talking about this film. Although I wonder if people will get the plot as a film. But if your a graphic novel/comic book head this should come as inspiring news

am so filled with excitement that I can almost not type these words. Variety is reporting that David Fincher has signed on to direct the adaptation of Charles Burns' incredible graphic novel Black Hole, which currently has a screenplay by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary*. Alex Aja had been attached, and while his take on the grotesque characters of the book (more on that in a moment) would have been fascinating, I am so psyched that Fincher is on board that I cannot explain.

Black Hole is set in the suburbs of Seattle in the mid 70s, and it's about a group of teens who contract an STD that turns them into subtle mutants and hideous monsters. What's most interesting about Black Hole is the way the story itself mutates, which is partially because of the fact that it was a serialized tale in 12 parts told over ten years, but it never quite works out the way that you think it will, and in the end coalesces into a truly moving and beautiful story about becoming an adult. It's a seminal work of graphic fiction or comics or whatever you want to call it - the important thing is that the next time you see someone trying to convince a non-believer that comics can be art with some ****ing superhero book, smash that person over the head with the hardcover edition of Black Hole (which you can buy right here).

Black Hole is a story that is highly detailed and intricately visual story; I would never have pegged Fincher for the adaptation, but after Zodiac he just makes so much sense. This news has me so happy that I'm going to pull Black Hole off the shelf and read it again. Charles Burns is going to be signing copies of the book at Skylight Books in Los Angeles on the 29th - you should go by and say hi to him.

You know what? I needed news like this. We write about too many comic book stories lately, and I find myself more and more depressed about the form I used to love. My new roommate is a big comic reader and I've been catching up with DC Comics through him, and most of these books are beyond terrible - awful stories, ridiculous art, banal characters, a general sense of malevolence towards the tragic figures shelling out for them by the month. Black Hole is what comics can be, and it's nice to be reminded that not every comic book movie has to be about male adolescent repressed homosexuality packaged for bloodthirsty, misogynistic, obsessive compulsive 30-40 year olds who can't move past their childhoods.

David Fincher needs to something like THE SPECTRE.
I can't believe I didn't know about this sooner. If anyone can make this material into a great film, it's David Fincher. It's such a great story and I read it all in one sitting. It was that engaging and I definitely cared for the characters. I seriously can't wait.
Well, Fincher is well-known for his obsession of trying to perfect everything, so it may be his pros and con at the same time.
Black Hole is an incredibly amazing graphic novel and I am far more worried about its movie adaptation than I ever was about Watchmen.

In fact pulling a very "Watchmen Fanboy" move, I think this material is better served as a miniseries than a movie.
David Fincher's "Black Hole" Re-Opening?

By Garth Franklin Thursday October 3rd 2013 12:23PM
Brad Pitt and his Plan B production company are bringing David Fincher's proposed "Black Hole" project back to life.
Not to be confused with the 1979 Disney sci-fi epic, or its Joseph Kosinski-directed remake in the works, the film is an adaptation of Charles Burns' acclaimed graphic novel.
The story follows a group of Seattle teens in the 1970s who contract an incurable sexually-transmitted disease that causes shocking mutations.
Paramount scored the rights years ago and set Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman to work on the script, with Alexandre Aja directing. Five years ago, Fincher came in to replace Aja.
Since then though, the film has stalled and become one of several projects on Fincher's 'films I'll get around to doing one day' list.
Now, Plan B has unveiled their upcoming slate of projects they're moving forward with and have included 'Hole' on the list. The list also includes Andrew Dominik's "Blonde," an adaptation of Michael Hastings' novel "The Operators" and a film based on Matt Haig's "The Last Family In England".
Source: THR
This sounds incredible.

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