By Adam Markovitz
Updated August 03, 2020 at 06:33 PM EDT
Merrick Morton

Image Credit: Merrick MortonIn a Collider interview promoting the DVD release of The Social Network, director David Fincher revealed that he hesitated before signing onto his upcoming adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo because it dealt with some of the same dark themes touched in his films Zodiac and Seven. “Dragon Tattoo came along and I was like ‘Awww f— man, you cannot make another serial killer movie … you’ve got to f—ing stop this,’” said Fincher. “There was a hope that you could do a franchise movie for adults. And I thought ‘F— man, I’ve been working my ass off for 20 years, hoping that somebody would say something like this.’ And I just thought, you get an opportunity to hopefully pave the way for something like that to happen … you know, that would be a great thing.”

The director also confirmed that his upcoming version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea will be shot in 3-D. Fincher says that Leagues could potentially be his next project after he finishes his highly anticipated adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. “I think it’s cool … when it’s done right,” Fincher said of 3-D filmmaking.

Fincher also shared plenty of insight into his creative process, specifically his famous penchant for doing dozens of takes of every shot. “If I’m going to make people do it that many times, they got to know that if they give me something great, it’s going to be there,” he said. “To me, the idea is to free people up. I want the mistakes. I want the thing that they do when they are caught not thinking about what they’re supposed to be doing.”

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