David Fincher talks The Killer, Hollywood strikes

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David Fincher offers his take on his return to violent cinema, not to mention his thoughts on the ongoing woes in Hollywood. 

After a brief sojourn with 2020’s Mank, the upcoming release of The Killer looks to have returned David Fincher’s return to the darkness that was so richly conveyed in his earlier filmography, when movies such as Fight Club and Se7en propelled him into must-see filmmaker status.

Fincher has been chatting about the film and reflecting about that characteristic darkness, as it premiered at the Venice Film Festival, saying that to him, “the task at hand is relatable, it’s dramatic, it’s high stakes and in a lot of ways it’s extremely procedural, there are a lot of boxes that you need to tick before you exhale and pull.” Still, he adds, “I didn’t really think of the movie as an assassin movie, I think of it more as a revenge movie.”

Fincher also showed that he has lost none of that dark humour that so often suffuses his films by joking that “my hope is that someone will see this film and then get very nervous about the person behind them in line at Home Depot.”

The Killer is set to get some kind of theatrical release in late October (that will be pretty limited, we imagine). Then, it will hit Netflix in November. Michael Fassbender stars, although he won’t be doing any press for the movie as it stands due to the ongoing strikes in Hollywood.

On that topic, Fincher also weighed in with a response that was a little more even-handed than we’d expected.  “I’m very sad,” said the filmmaker. “Obviously I sit in the middle of both parties. This movie was made during the pandemic and I never want to make a movie again through a visor or with goggles. But having said that, we just got done with three years of having to set our rushes down and walk away. The idea of that continuing on, especially now, is very sad to me. I can understand both sides and I think all we can do is encourage them to talk.”

Can’t argue with that. We’ll bring you more updates on The Killer (including UK cinema release details) as we hear them.


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