Filmmaker David Fincher has been talking about the new projects he’s currently working on, including a “sort of” prequel to Chinatown.


Last November LMO reported that a Chinatown prequel series was being developed at Netflix, and now Fincher has confirmed the project.

According to Collider, Fincher revealed in an interview with The Director’s Cut – The DGA Podcast

“I am playing with adapting a French graphic novel about an assassin. I am playing with. Robert Towne and I are trying to break a limited series, sort of a prequel to Chinatown. Jake Gittes’ time in Chinatown with Lou Escobar. And I’m working on a show about film appreciation and about movies that I love, with guests I love, about movies that they love.”

The French graphic novel adaptation we’ve known about for a while. The project, based on The Killer by Alexis Nolent, is another longtime passion project of Fincher’s that the filmmaker has been trying to get off the ground for 14 years before it finally landed at Netflix last month.

The Chinatown prequel is also a project that Fincher has been working on since at least 2019, also for Netflix. But the “show about film appreciation” is new information.

Also on the table for Fincher is a miniseries about cancel culture, which he announced late last year –

“It’s about how modern society measures an apology. If you give a truly heartfelt apology and no one believes it, did you even apologise at all? It’s a troubling idea but we live in troubling times.”

Since his last big-screen appearance with 2017’s Gone Girl, Fincher also helmed the Netflix limited series Mindhunter, which has now been put on hold indefinitely, with the director saying a third season is “unlikely”.


The acclaimed director made his return last year with Mank after a six-year absence from Hollywood.

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