It hit the wires today that there has been a little scandal surrounding The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Apparently director David Fincher does not want to pare down his cut, which is clocking in at 17 hours and 32 minutes.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Directors do what they do because they are born with the asshole gene. It’s a trait that makes you able to yell at film students and assume that anything that leaves your mouth is 100% right 100% of the time. The problem is that studio executives have the same gene, and 100% of the people cant be right 100% of the time. That’s how wars start.
The Playlist posted an interview today with the creator of Heavy Metal, which Fincher is set to adapt into a live action film:
We developed it for Paramount in January… And it was time for them to make a decision [about going forward with the project] and they were at odds with Fincher over another project, ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,’ [because] they wanted him to reduce the running time… and so they said, ‘Until you step up to do what we want you to do with Benjamin, we’re not going to greenlight any other of [your] movies.’ And David said, ‘Fine, fuck you, I’m going to set up [Heavy Metal] somewhere else,’ so we jumped over to Sony and set it up there.”
Yeah, fine, FUCK YOU, Im going to set up [Heavy Metal] somewhere else. That probably felt good. /Film has the round for round.