Netflix Is Inspired!

Chinatown, the 1974 movie starring Jack Nicholson and directed by Roman Polanski is being given the prequel treatment from David Fincher, along with the original screenwriter Robert Towne, for streaming platform Netflix.

45 years after the film became one of the classics of cinema, this pilot script aims to tell the story of a younger Jake Gittes as he adjusts to life as a private investigator in an expanding Los Angeles area and navigates the worlds of land, oil, and gangs.

Fincher isn’t confirmed to direct the pilot, but the possibility remains. Fincher and Towne are executive producers on the project, along with Josh Donen, who previously worked on other Fincher-led Netflix projects like House Of Cards and Mindhunter.

Towne won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his work on the 1974 original and returned alongside Nicholson for the 90s lackluster sequel, The Two Jakes. This sequel saw Nicholson step into the director’s chair instead of Polanski and saw Towne return to write, it was a box office failure but it did receive generally positive reviews from critics.

This Chinatown prequel series will mark the fifth collaboration between Netflix and Fincher, who became one of the first A-list directors to explore TV production, beginning with House Of Cards and more recently with Love, Death & Robots.

He is currently attached to direct Mank, the biopic surrounding Herman J. Mankiewicz (played by Gary Oldman), the screenwriter of Citizen Kane, and his problems with director Orson Welles during its production, including sharing the Oscar for screenwriting.