David Fincher, hot off awards contender Mank, is finally getting The Killer off the ground. The adaptation of the French graphic novel has been in the works for nearly 15 years, first set up at Paramount in 2007, and then picked up by Netflix after being put into turnaround.
The film is being written by Andrew Kevin Walker, who wrote Fincher’s 1995 film Se7en and also assisted on the screenplays for The Game and Fight Club. He most recently wrote the screenplay for the 2016 animated film Nerdland. The Killer is a noir, about an assassin who develops a conscience and begins to crack under the pressure of his clients demands.
Michael Fassbender would play the lead, having been most recently seen in X-Men: Dark Phoenix and will be starring in Taika Watiti’s upcoming film Next Goal Wins. The deal isn’t done yet but talks are underway. When the film was still gestating years ago, Brad Pitt was circling the lead role at one point, however that obviously fell apart well before the film came to Netflix.
The film is eyeing a September start, according to sources. This is a change from the previous time between films for Fincher. There were 6 years between 2014’s Gone Girl and last year’s Mank, however his time between was filled by working on television shows, notably Netflix’s Mindhunter.
Read more about The Killer at The Hollywood Reporter.