Die Graphic-Novel "Torso" von Brian M. Bendis & Marc Andreyko sollte verfilmt werden - unter der Regie von David Fincher (u.a. "Alien 3", "Rendezvous with Rama")...
Nach seinem legendären Triumph über Al Capone in Chicago wird Eliot Ness als Polizeidirektor nach Cleveland geholt, eine Stadt, die Mitte der 1930er der Hölle auf Erden gleicht. Korruption im Polizei- und Justizapparat haben die Metropole am Lake Eerie zum sicheren Hafen für Gangster aller Art gemacht. Ness geht auf einen Kreuzzug, der dem von Chicago in nichts nachsteht - und manchmal an Härte und Konsequenz sogar übertrifft...
Zugleich werden im Stadtgebiet verstümmelte Leichen gefunden, die meisten ohne Kopf und andere Identifikationsmerkmale. Zwischen 12 und 30 Opfer werden dem von den Medien so genannten TORSO-KILLER zur Last gelegt, Amerikas erstem Serienkiller...
Eliot Ness und sein Team fahnden nach dem Mörder. Einem Mörder, der eine Stadt in Angst und Schrecken versetzt, die durch die Wirtschaftskrise und den drohenden Weltkrieg bereits schwer angeschlagen ist. Soweit die Öffentlichkeit heute weiss, wurde der Killer nie gefasst. Aber was tatsächlich geschah, ist weit schockierender...
Der Dokumentarfilm "The Fourteenth Victim: Eliot Ness and the Torso Murders" (2003) widmet sich den Hintergründen...
Matt Damon (u.a. "Die Bourne Identität", "Ocean's Eleven", "The Brothers Grimm") sollte die Rolle des Eliot Ness spielen... Ehren Kruger (u.a. "Scream 3", "Ring" & "Ring 2", "The Brothers Grimm" und "John Carter of Mars") schrieb in Auftrag von Paramount das Drehbuch zur Verfilmung der Graphic Novel... Bill Mechanic (Pandemonium), der Fox-Chef war, als Fincher für das Studio "Fight Club" drehte, Don Murphy (Angry Films) und Comic-Autor Todd McFarlane sollten den Film produzieren... Ursprünglich hatte McFarlane den Comic-Roman optioniert...
Ob "Torso" tatsächlich verfilmt wird,
ist zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt mehr als fraglich...
This is how tight industry purse strings have become: You can deliver a $100 million-plus critical success that secures a baker's dozen Oscar nominations, and your next green light is still no sure thing.
So it is with Oscar-nominated director David Fincher and "Torso," a project Paramount has had on its docket since January 2006 that has drawn interest from stars Matt Damon and Casey Affleck. But even with the success of Fincher's recent "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," the studio allowed the rights option on "Torso's" underlying graphic novel to lapse, leaving the project in limbo.
The "Torso" graphic novel was written by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Andreyko. It's a crime thriller that tells the true story of Treasury Department agent Eliot Ness' time after his Al Capone days.
The comic was first optioned by "Spawn" creator Todd McFarlane, who had Bendis and Andreyko pen their own script at Dimension. Later, producer Don Murphy came on board and went to producer Bill Mechanic and his Pandemonium shingle, which brought in Fincher, who made "Fight Club" when Mechanic was head of Fox. In early 2006, they took the package to Paramount, which hired Ehren Kruger to adapt it.
Last month, Paramount's ability to extend the rights option as part of the original deal expired, which would have then required the studio to purchase the rights outright to retain them -- a price the studio apparently was unwilling to shell out. While the studio still owns Kruger's screenplay, it is in discussions potentially to strike a new option agreement with the comic's writers, to whom the rights reverted. (Fincher and the producers remain attached.)
Given the Ness story line's basis in reality, one could argue that a public-domain version of it could be developed using similar material. But in the age of the industry-shaking legal tussle between Warner Bros. and Fox over "Watchmen," it's unlikely that Paramount would take that type of risk.
One source indicated that Fincher has been keen on making the project and expressed confusion as to why Paramount would dither. But given the projects and personnel that the belt-tightening Brad Grey-run studio shed last year, it's not surprising that it would balk at committing to another big-budget production at year's end.
Fincher's reputation as aperfection-driven director often has ruffled studio feathers, and he's not one to roll cameras for eight-digit budgets. ("Button" rang up a $150 million-$175 million tab.)
Just the same, Paramount is unlikely to let the project slip through its fingers. In addition to "Button," it also made "Zodiac" with Fincher. But if it did, any number of studios likely would jump at the chance to get in the Fincher business.
"It's a weird and odd situation," Bendis said. "We heard it was greenlit one day, then the next we heard it wasn't. Hopefully, it'll have a happy ending."
Bei HollywoodReporter.com gibt es ganz nebenbei mal wieder ein Lebenszeichen zur geplanten Verfilmung...
Scribe Ehren Kruger and the writing team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are in negotiations to team to write the screenplay for DreamWorks/Paramount's "Transformers 2." [...]
Kruger also has "Torso," a graphic novel adaptation that has David Fincher directing, set up at Paramount. [...]
Todd McFarlane, producer of the upcoming "Torso", about the post-Ness career of Chicago law-enforcer Elliot Ness, tells IESB producers are considering going out to Matt Damon to play the role of the cinematic do-gooder.
"One of the guys I think they are leaning towards is Matt Damon. [He’s] sort of young enough and he has that boy[ish] charm that would work. I mean if you are sort of talking big, sort of well known guys, a guy like [Leonardo] DiCaprio sort of fits that bill too, young enough, flamboyant enough. It's a young man's role... We need to bring that to people's attention how young this guy was when he did all that stuff". [...]
David Fincher, who is currently directing Zodiac for Paramount and Warner Bros., will reteam with Paramount to helm Torso. Variety says Bill Mechanic, Don Murphy, Todd McFarlane and Terry Fitzgerald are producing.
Based on the graphic novel of the same name co-written by Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko and illustrated by Bendis, the project will be adapted by screenwriter Ehren Kruger.
The story will center on real-life federal agent Eliot Ness -- made famous by The Untouchables -- after he closes the Al Capone case in Chicago and moves to Cleveland. There he makes a promise to help clean up the town until the city is scarred by a series of gruesome killings known as the "torso" murders.
David Fincher has directed such films as Alien³, Se7en, The Game, Fight Club and Panic Room.
DVD & Video
Brian M. Bendis, Marc Andreyko
280 Seiten (April 2003)
Die Graphic-Novel, die dem Film als Vorlage dient...
The Story of Eliot Ness and the Search for a Psychopathic Killer
232 Seiten (Oktober 2001)
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