David Fincher Explains Why He Wants to Direct Keanu Reeves
by Peter Sciretta
Last month we told you that David Fincher had signed on to direct Keanu Reeves in a movie about a Chef. We since discovered that The Untitled Chef Project is a screenplay by Steven Knight, the screenwriter behind Dirty Pretty Things, Amazing Grace, Eastern Promises, and Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Dennis Lehane adaptation Shutter Island. The script which was featured on the 2007 Black List, tells the story of “A Michelin-level chef who tries to make a comeback from major personal issues. He gathers his old friends together as his ‘dream team’ and ends up falling in love with the newest member of the group.”
This week MTV got the chance to ask Fincher about the project during an interview for his latest film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Fincher called the project “good and chewy,” claiming that the movie will be “like a celibate sex comedy if that means anything.” Ummmm yeah….
And then Fincher says the magic words: “It’s really about the creative process. It’s truly an aromatic art-form, making food. I love that idea.” And with that explanation, I now understand Fincher’s attraction to the project. But Keanu Reeves, really? Fincher claims that he loves Keanu’s passion for that world. His passion for the world of cooking? But more importantly, what does Fincher think about Keanu’s acting abilities or range?