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May 18, 2007
Fincher made exception for 'Zodiac'
By ERIC J. LYMAN
CANNES -- "Zodiac" director
David Fincher said he promised
himself not to make another film
about a serial killer after 1995's
"Seven." But he said the script
for "Zodiac" was too good to
"Really, it's only about a serial
killer for the first 35 minutes,"
Fincher said Thursday during a
press briefing after the film's In
Competition screening at the
Palais. "After that it's a
newspaper movie and a movie
about the reactions to what was
Does that mean he's back to staying away from serial killer films in the
"I'd do another newspaper film like this one," he said. "But a straight film
about serial killer film? It would have to be pretty interesting in some way."
The early Thursday screening of the 158-minute film was full and well
received, with star Jake Gyllenhaal the main attraction at a lighthearted
briefing afterward. One two-part question posed asked Fincher if he felt
Gyllenhaal was one of the best acting talents of his generation -- Fincher
said he was -- with a follow-up to Gyllenhaal about working with co-star
Robert Downey Jr.
Gyllenhaal at first deflected the question. "I'm sorry," he said, "I was still
thinking about being one of the best talents of my generation."