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Fincher flexes ‘Torso’

Kruger will adapt Bendis-penned graphic novel for Par

David Fincher, who is currently directing “Zodiac” for Paramount and Warner Bros., will reteam with Par to helm “Torso.” Bill Mechanic, Don Murphy, Todd McFarlane and Terry Fitzgerald are producing.

Based on the graphic novel of the same name penned by Brian Michael Bendis with illustrations by Marc Andreyko, the project will be adapted by scribe Ehren Kruger.

Story will center on real-life federal agent Eliot Ness — made famous by “The Untouchables” — after he closes the Al Capone case in Chicago and moves to Cleveland. There he makes a promise to help clean up the town until the city is scarred by a series of gruesome killings known as the “torso” murders.

Par is close to finalizing all deals on the project, and once those are complete, Kruger will begin penning the screenplay.

Fincher is currently behind the lens on “Zodiac,” another real-life story involving a serial killer. That pic is based on Robert Graysmith’s books about the Zodiac killer who committed a string of murders in San Francisco during the 1960s and 1970s.

Overseeing “Torso” are Par execs Alli Shearmur and Marc Evans, the team behind “Zodiac.”

Fincher last directed Sony’s “Panic Room,” and he is still attached to direct the Par project “Benjamin Button.” Latter is expected to head into production before “Torso.”

Mechanic and his Pandemonium shingle are in production on the animated pic “Coraline,” and he has an exec producer credit on Terrence Malick’s New Line release “The New World.”

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