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To Be Made Flesh Again

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 10, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 10, 2009 |

If you love movies, you probably love David Fincher, and if you’re like me, you love both Se7en and Fight Club enough to forgive him anything, even last year’s awful, awful overblown, tedious, overwrought The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. But let’s look at the man’s resume over the last decade: It’s not exactly impressive. Zodiac was great, but largely overlooked; Panic Room was a disappointment; and, well, Benjamin Button.

What we do know is that he is currently working on The Social Network, the once-mocked Facebook movie, though I have read the Aaron Sorkin script, and I can attest to its sheer gloriousness. It’s a very cool script, but it’s certainly not the kind of movie that’s going to win him back that Fight Club reputation. It’s too straight and, my guess is, Sorkin will get the lion’s share of the credit for its success.

Maybe his next project, The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, might resurrect that rep, however. It’s certainly more familiar Fincher territory. The movie, based on a Max Ehrlich novel, is being adapted and updated by Se7en’s screenwriter, Andrew Kevin Walker, and it’s just weird enough to sound appealing. Here’s the logline from THR (via Slashfilm)

‘Proud’ centers on a college professor who begins having recurring dreams and nightmares and, realizing they are images of a past life, decides to search out the source of the visions. With his girlfriend in tow, he discovers a woman and her grown-up daughter who are keys to his past life.

Kind of cool, kind of bizarre, and totally Fincher. And who doesn’t love reincarnation movies, especially where a guy has to solve a mystery from his past life? Intriguing, indeed.

My father was a big metaphysics guy — taught classes on it. Had a lot of past-life readings, too. He was a sea captain on one past life, so it’s said. He also had one backwards rib (it curved the opposite way). His past-life readings suggested that he got that in a bike accident in a previous life. I should also note: My father (RIP) was a wackjob.

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