David Fincher Is Producing The Live Action Halo 4 Trailer

There was a time when David Fincher’s name on the marquee was reason by itself to plunk down the money to see a movie. Fight Club, The Game, Seven, these are classics that remain as interesting, visually and narratively, as they were when they came out. The man was a master at making mainstream cinema that also felt (and indeed, occasionally was) genuinely subversive. But then, something happened. Maybe it was the backlash against fight club, or its relative financial failure. Whatever the reason, after Fight Club the man appears to have been completely defanged. Panic Room is one of the most disappointingly predictable, and frankly, generic thrillers ever made; just like that my interest in his work as a director ended. Since then, I have not bothered to see anything he’s made in a theater, and when I finally got around to seeing them I found them to be boring, meandering, with often clueless narrative decisions and constant repetition of visual themes he had already overused by the end of Fight Club. (A film I still love, incidentally.)

But fallen his creative gifts may be, the man still makes extremely great-looking films. He has a particular gift for filming in natural light, and even when The Social Network’s horrid, Aaron Sorkin script was boring me into a coma, I was frequently impressed by how beautifully shot it was. Which is why the news that Fincher will be producing a live action trailer of Halo 4 to be somewhat interesting. Mtv has the scoop:

The Fight Club and upcoming 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea director is shepherding a two-minute launch trailer for the November 6th release, with frequent collaborator Tim Miller on as director…

Directed by visual effects pro Tim Miller (he worked with Fincher on the The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo remake and Edgar Wright on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), the short is titled “Scanned.” The Prague-shot piece will dig into the Master Chief’s backstory, and presumably set up the action for the game.

343 Industries’ Frank O’Connor weighs in: “[Fincher and Miller's] involvement is a testament to the significance of ‘Halo’ as a pop culture touchstone, and we think fans are going to be blown away when they see the final piece.”

No word on who’ll be behind the mask or voicing the Chief here.

So is this something you care about? I’m sure the short won’t be anything special; it might just be exceptional fanfic. But at least it’s going to look insanely cool.

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