David Fincher is a sporadic kind of filmmaker. It can be frustrating as a fan of his. But perhaps, in part, it's his very infrequent project releases that make him such a memorable and arguably peerless creator. Granted he has worked on different television series over the years (Mindhunter, we miss you!) it's his feature length work that often feels entirely too rare. I'm such a big fan of his but his last real thriller was 2014's Gone Girl. I know, I know, he made Mank and while there is so much to admire about that movie, it's the only movie in his directing filmography that has never led me to even consider a second viewing. Sorry, David. Even Alien³ is something I've seen at least a few times. But I digress. My point is I'm a fan and his tendency to disappear for years at a time is less than ideal.
But wonderful news, everyone! He's back! And finally he returns to the genre that has made him one the best in the game, the thriller! More specifically he is a master of the macabre, an orchestrator of the ornate, a director of the disturbed, a facilitator of the once and truly fucked. When it comes to the darkest corners of a person's psyche and their tendency to find these thoughts excreting into the open like a burst blister, few are as intricate and particular about capturing such ugliness in such gorgeous ways quite like David Fincher. I have yet to ever experience a based on true a story movie brought to life with so much detail and somehow keeping every second of it not only fascinating but utterly thrilling and engrossing as Fincher's Zodiac. It is an absolute masterwork and despite it's lengthy runtime, I find myself returning to it quite frequently.
The drought of Fincher thrillers is nearly at an end thankfully as this October, in limited capacity, will see his newest effort, The Killer, starring the endlessly talented Michael Fassbender, get its release in movie theaters before its official wide release on Netflix, November 10th of this year.
The Killer?! That title sounds awfully dark in tone and plot. Well that's because it is.
Official Synopsis: The Killer follows a cold-blooded assassin who begins to have a psychological crisis in a world with no moral compass. Emphasized by Netflix - "Solitary, cold, methodical, and unencumbered by scruples or regrets, a killer waits in the shadows, watching for his next target. Yet, the longer he waits, the more he thinks he's losing his mind, if not his cool."
Even more exciting is after so much radio silence since the official announcement of The Killer beginning production, all the way back in November of 2021, we have the first footage of the highly anticipated thriller in the form of a teaser trailer. And a new poster to go with it!
It's beautiful! I can't wait! Since the inauspicious ending to the stellar Netflix series, Mindhunter, the world has been in dire need of more Fincher thrillers. As I said, the wait is nearly at its end.
The Killer in limited theatrical release, October 27, 2023. Officially streaming on Netflix, November 10, 2023.
Are you as excited as Chase?! Let us know! (Seriously, he's weirding us out over here.)