Fincher Signs Up for "Torso" Tale

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According to Variety, fan favorite David Fincher is about to sign on to direct "Torso" for Paramount, a project based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis & Marc Andreyko. The genre-centric Ehren Kruger will be penning the adaptation.

"David Fincher, who is currently directing "Zodiac" for Paramount and Warner Bros., will reteam with Par to helm "Torso." Bill Mechanic, Don Murphy, Todd McFarlane and Terry Fitzgerald are producing.

Based on the graphic novel of the same name penned by Brian Michael Bendis with illustrations by Marc Andreyko, the project will be adapted by scribe Ehren Kruger.

Story will center on real-life federal agent Eliot Ness -- made famous by "The Untouchables" -- after he closes the Al Capone case in Chicago and moves to Cleveland. There he makes a promise to help clean up the town until the city is scarred by a series of gruesome killings known as the "torso" murders.

Par is close to finalizing all deals on the project, and once those are complete, Kruger will begin penning the screenplay.

Fincher is currently behind the lens on "Zodiac," another real-life story involving a serial killer. That pic is based on Robert Graysmith's books about the Zodiac killer who committed a string of murders in San Francisco during the 1960s and 1970s."

Fincher, no doubt you're aware, is the guy who directed "Alien 3," "Seven," "The Game," "Fight Club," and "Panic Room." He also has "Benjamin Button" set up with Paramount.