Thursday, October 20, 2005

Jakes gushes over Fincher and Zodiac

Just like the title says Jake gets us even more hyped about Zodiac (not Chronichles as many wrongly speculated).

The thought of "Donnie Darko" star Jake Gyllenhaal matching his dark, brooding stare with "Fight Club" director David Fincher's nihilist visions and hatred of happy endings may sound like a very, very dark dream, but it is indeed coming true. That's why anticipation is sky-high for next year's "Zodiac," which puts Gyllenhaal alongside Mark Ruffalo and Chloë Sevigny. The film, which is currently being shot, will recount the real-life terror caused by a serial killer who turned '60s and '70s San Francisco into his playground — and who still hasn't been found. According to Gyllenhaal, the director has developed an obsession with reinventing the genre. "He's going pretty dark with this one," the "Jarhead" star said of Fincher. "He's doing stuff on this film that I've never seen done before. Technically speaking, he's extraordinary. He's shooting on this Viper camera, this [digital video] camera, so we don't have any slates or anything like that — we just blow through takes and start over again. There's no clapping of the sticks or anything like that; we just keep going. And he's done these murder scenes unlike any murder scenes I've seen before. He's true exactly to, like, the inch or centimeter of what actually happened. So it's going to look and feel exactly like it happened in real life. It's going to be terrifying." ...

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Another Zodiac film? + Oldman rumour

Heheh - 2 Zodiac films at the same time? Who would have thought?

2 Zodiac killer film projects in works, authorities involved with one of them
To watch the trailer for the indy movie "The Zodiac," formerly titled "In Control of All Things," which was filmed extensively in downtown Vallejo, visit
By MATTHIAS GAFNI, Times-Herald staff writer

Two Zodiac film projects are swirling around Hollywood these days, one starring such A-list actors as Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo.
The latest project, titled "Zodiac," is based on former San Francisco Chronicle reporter Robert Graysmith's books "Zodiac" and "Zodiac Unmasked," on the serial killer who haunted Northern California in the '60s and '70s and has never been caught. The killer taunted police and newspapers, including the Times-Herald, sending letters claiming responsibility for the crimes, even murders in Vallejo.

Producers for "Zodiac" wanted to capture the details of the case and originally planned to film scenes at the actual crimes scenes, including Blue Rock Springs and Lake Herman Road.

However, Vallejo/Solano Film Commission head Jim Reikowsky said production members visited those sites and balked at filming there.

"The locations changed too much, so now L.A. will be Vallejo," Reikowsky said. "Lake Herman was not what they liked. And Blue Rock Springs has changed so much.

"It's too bad because when a film company comes they spend a lot of money," he said.

In September, the film company did shoot scenes at Lake Berryessa in Napa, one of the murder sites, Reikowsky said. They planned to shoot extensively in San Francisco as well, where the Zodiac killed a cab driver and Graysmith worked.

Robert Downey Jr. stars as Graysmith and the film follows the reporter's search for the killer. Director David Finchner, who made "Fight Club" and "Seven," is heading the project.

Over the last year, the production company has worked with the Vallejo Police Department on details of the crime to make it as authentic as possible, said Capt. David Jackson. With few officers remaining on staff who investigated the murders, the department sent them to former Vallejo detective George Bawart, Jackson said. He showed them some crime scenes and discussed some details, Jackson said.

The production crew was allowed to look at some of the evidence at the station, he added.

Meanwhile, "In Control of All Things," a Zodiac-based film shot extensively in Vallejo, has been renamed "The Zodiac" and was shown at the Munich Film Festival in August. The indy picture stars Rory Culkin, of the Culkin clan, and utilized large portions of downtown Vallejo.

Despite the decades-old crimes, the Zodiac case remains wildly popular.

"The case is still technically open," Jackson said. "They reality of us solving it is pretty slim at this point.

"Occasionally, we get people calling with a tip that they think their neighbor is the Zodiac and we do the proper follow-up after assessing it," he said.
Also on an interesting note there have been a few whispers around that Gary Oldman has dropped out of the film. The word on the street is that veteran Brian Cox will step in to take the role of Melvin Belli, hey at least he has a physical resemblance to Belli!

Thursday, October 06, 2005

First pics from set

Remember that article I posted yesterday? No? Well if you had checked it today you would have seen that the first set pics are up. The cast and crew look to be having a jovial time!

Downey - what happend to your hand?
Jake - what happend to your neck?

Fincher - lets do that scene again (for the 23rd time)
Jake - i'm gonna kill him Zodiac style


Sweet Zodiac news

OMG such a good article. Must read! I aint gonna copy and paste it. The crew at have done a great job so please read the article on the link below.


Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Very cool article

First bit of news for a while - well sort of its more about the history of the Zodiac case. Heres a peak:
Now, 26 years later, David Fincher, who made "Fight Club," has taken up the challenge. Due late next year, the Warner Bros. film "Zodiac" will star Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal and Mark Ruffalo as the lead detectives and reporters. The $80 million film was shot on location last month in the Bay Area, and will continue its production for 85 days on Los Angeles sets.
Aiming for historical accuracy, the filmmakers hired witnesses, survivors, detectives and reporters as consultants to the film whenever possible.
"Authenticity is our main goal," said producer Brad Fischer last week on the set. Added scriptwriter James Vanderbilt, "We want to be as thorough as possible." The film crew began researching the case three years ago. Gyllenhaal plays Robert Graysmith, the former Chronicle cartoonist whose interest in the case led him to write a 1976 book, "Zodiac," upon which the film is based. With his help, the filmmakers claim they have discovered new, substantial evidence. "What we've learned from our research," Fischer said, "we want to keep for our film."
I suggest you read the rest of the article its really fascinatin.

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