Fincher has had his sights set on this project for nearly 14 years now and it can finally see the light of day.
After the success of the biopic, Mank, on Netflix, David Fincher is all set to start work on his long-overdue project, The Killer. The assassin movie is based on the French graphic novel of the same name by Alexis Nolent. Fincher has had his sights set on this project for nearly 14 years now. The film can finally see the light of day after the project, which was lying dormant with Paramount, was picked up by Netflix. The Fight Club director has also signed an exclusive four-year deal with Netflix, which was announced last year.
Fincher has had a long stint with Netflix starting with his work on the first two episodes of House of Cards, followed by that of the serial-killer series, Mindhunter. He has also executively produced the anthology series Love, Death & Robots and it is no surprise at all that he has landed this deal with Netflix to watch his passion project come to fruition. "I’m here to deliver them ‘content’ — whatever it means — likely to bring them, spectators, in my small sphere of influence," he stated as per The Verge.
The project is still in the pre-production stage. The production should have started in September but has been pushed forward to November this year. The shoot is set to wrap up by March 2022 and will be filmed across multiple locations including New Orleans, Chicago, Dominican Republic, and France. The film is likely to be released in the latter part of 2022 or early 2023.
The story is based on the graphic novel by Alexis Nolent which follows a cold-blooded assassin who is struggling with the morality of his job. He starts to develop a conscience as he continues his work but starts to crack emotionally as he feels lost in a world without a moral compass. It is set to be a "brutal, bloody, and stylish noir story of a professional assassin" who is slowly but surely losing his mind.
As of now, Michael Fassbender who is best known for appearing in the movies Inglourious Basterds, X-Men, 12 Years A Slave, is rumored to be in talks to star in the assassin drama. Brad Pitt was also considered for the role when it was still with Paramount. Nothing has been confirmed yet.
Andrew Kevin Walker, who wrote Fincher's best movie Seven, will adapt the work to screen and it will be produced by Ceán Chaffin.
The project is still in the pre-production phase which means that the official trailer for the movie has a long way to go.