News of the flick first hit back in 2006, when it was reported that Fincher was working on an adaptation of Brian Michael Bendis' graphic novel, Torso. Bendis' novel centered on, "a series of brutal murders that took place in the Cleveland area between 1935 and 1938, and were investigated by Ness, who was by then the Public Safety Director of Cleveland." There is still no confirmation on whether Fincher will be using Bendis' novel, but EW reports that Paramount has "...recently received a finalized script from Ehren Kruger (The Ring) and would make a decision before the rights ran out." (By the way, the rights run out on December 15th.)
Fincher hasn't always had the easiest relationship with Paramount, but according to gossips at Deadline Hollywood Daily, the real problem was a certain food comedy that Fincher had already signed for. According to DHD, "A source close to team Fincher has told me that Fincher is ready to make the picture immediately but can't get an answer out of Paramount because -- ready?-- production execs prefer that Fincher make a Keanu Reeves chef comedy instead. " Ahem, this would be that chef comedy. Are they serious? Nothing personal against Neo in a Toque blanche, but I know which film I would rather see -- how about you?
Keep your fingers crossed that Ness can make its way to the big screen, and stay tuned to Cinematical for any updates that come our way.