Big news could be on the horizon for David Fincher's long-awaited adaptation of "Torso," Brian Bendis and Marc Andreyko's award-winning comic book series based on the true story of Cleveland's "Torso Murderer" and the investigation by "Untouchables" leader Eliot Ness -- but it might not be good news.
According to EW.com, Paramount's rights to the much-anticipated project are set to expire on December 15, leaving precious little time to bring the film out of production limbo, where it has idled for several years now despite the presence of Fincher and rumored attachment of high-profile actors Matt Damon, Casey Affleck and Rachel McAdams. The studio recently reported that it received a final script from "The Ring" screenwriter Ehren Kruger and would make a decision before the rights to the film expired.
Early last month, "Torso" producer Bill Mechanic told MTV News that he hoped to be shooting the film by spring, but added that the attachment of Damon and, potentially, "Zodiac" star Jake Gyllenhaal to the project were still rumors -- but added that "some of those rumors are true."
Mechanic also indicated that the film would likely stray significantly from the graphic novel authored by Bendis and Andreyko, but called Kruger's work an "Oscar-caliber script."
With the deadline looming for Paramount to make a move, fans of the comic -- and anyone looking forward to Fincher working with the "true crime" story -- won't have long to wait for news about the project. Whether that news will be positive or negative, however, remains to be seen. Keep your eyes here on Splash Page for more information as it develops.
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