Even though the movie Joker may have scored Joaquin Phoenix an Oscar for best actor, it apparently scores no points with David Fincher.
The “Fight Club” and “The Social Network” director interviewed with the Telegraph in order to discuss the film industry and in order to make his point, Fincher targeted the award winning film, Joker. Fincher was also there to promote his Netflix project ‘Mank’ he stated that studios will only support movies that they think will “make them a billion dollars”.
He went on to say “Nobody would have thought they had a shot at a giant hit with Joker had The Dark Knight not been as massive as it was,” he continued “I don’t think anyone would have looked at that material and thought, ‘Yeah, let’s take [Taxi Driver’s] Travis Bickle and [The King of Comedy’s] Rupert Pupkin and conflate them, then trap him in a betrayal of the mentally ill, and trot it out for a billion dollars.” The 2 films from Martin Scorsese were also compared to Todd Phillips’ Joker, both of which starred Robert De Niro.
He contrasted Joker to his film Fight Club which took significant persuasion to get the film the go ahead. He said that dollowing the early screenings “the general view…among the studio types was, ‘Our careers are over.’ The fact that we got that film made in 1999 is still, to my mind, a miracle.”
The statements made by Fincher come alongside the debut of his film Mank, to Netflix. Fincher remains in an exclusive deal with Netflix following his contribution of the Netflix Original, House of Cards. Fincher still has 4 more years left on the deal.
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