Netflix Has David Fincher Locked Down for Years to Come
David Fincher is one of the few top-tier Hollywood directors whose work boasts a sense of true authorship. He’s that rare breed of filmmaker who’s conquered the mainstream by marching to the beat of his own drum. For us fans, a new Fincher release is a special event because we know it’ll be a departure from the norm.
Perhaps that’s why the acclaimed director has agreed to work exclusively for Netflix for the foreseeable future. Fincher has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with the streamer in recent years, producing shows such as House of Cards and Mindhunter. He also recently made his feature-length directorial debut for them with Mank, which hits the UK service in December.
In a recent interview with Premiere France, by way of Dark Horizons, Fincher talked about his relationship with Netflix and what fans can expect from their partnership moving forward.
“Yes, I have an exclusivity deal with [Netflix] for another four years, and depending on Mank’s reception, I’ll either go see them sheepishly asking them what I can do to redeem myself or take the attitude of the arrogant a-hole who’ll require making other films in black and white. [Laughs] No, I’m here to deliver them ‘content’ – whatever it means – likely to bring them, spectators, in my small sphere of influence.
“Now [because] I signed this Netflix deal it’s also because I’d like to work like Picasso painted, to try very different things, to try to break the shape or change the operating mode. I like the idea of having a body of work. And yes, I admit that it feels strange, after 40 years in this profession, to only have 10 films under my belt. Well, eleven, but ten that I can say are mine. Yes, objectively, it is a pretty terrifying observation.”
It’s worth noting that Fincher has directed 11 films in total, but he has disowned Alien 3, citing studio interference for not wanting anything to do with it. Alien 3 isn’t a bad movie, but it isn’t a Fincher movie. Therefore, not counting a film he didn’t have much say over as one of his own is understandable.
The filmmaker’s relationship with Netflix will undoubtedly be prosperous. But it’s clear that Fincher is driven by passion, artistry, and a desire to craft a legacy he can be proud of. He’s well on his way to doing that already, but it’ll be interesting to see what he puts out in the next four years as well.
Fincher didn’t open up about what his future plans with Netflix are, but hopefully, he’ll continue to focus on passion projects that he’s been unable to bring to life until now. Maybe he’ll finally get to make his planned remake of Strangers on a Train or his long-gestating Heavy Metal adaptation? He tried to get Mank off the ground for years before the streaming service came along and afforded him the tools to bring it to life, after all. They’re clearly open to him resurrecting old projects.
Netflix seems like the perfect home for The Finch, and he’s a good acquisition for a streamer that’s always on the hunt for unique voices to provide content that will attract subscribers.
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