'Dragon Tattoo' helmer in talks to make his first production pact

EXCLUSIVE: David Fincher is in discussions for a deal at New Regency, which would further the auteur-minded company’s goal of producing more adult fare and put the in-demand helmer into his first pact with a studio or shingle.

If a deal closes, it would mark a reunion with New Regency founder Arnon Milchan, an executive producer on Fincher’s 1999 pic “Fight Club.” Though the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” director has not yet chosen his next movie project, he’s been actively tinkering with Disney’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” courting frequent collaborator Brad Pitt for a role and waiting under a three-month hold while the Mouse House decides whether to move forward.

Reps for New Regency would not confirm whether the deal involved movies, television or both. Milchan revived its TV efforts last year, and in June hired former Syfy exec Andrew Plotkin as exec VP of television; current projects include a first-look deal with Israel’s ADD and medical drama thriller “Beat the Reaper” in development with HBO and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way banner.

Fincher has recently veered into television, having executive produced and directed the pilot for “House of Cards,” the Kevin Spacey-starring drama that Netflix premieres Feb. 1.

A deal would make sense for both Fincher and Regency, which has committed to making edgier, more adult fare since Milchan reshuffled the executive ranks last year. The company behind last year’s “What’s Your Number?,” “Monte Carlo” and “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son” has already become more director-minded, boarding projects including Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” and Allen Hughes’ “Broken City.”

Sony’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” grossed more than $230 million worldwide. Fincher’s involvement with the sequel has been a lingering question in Hollywood while Steve Zaillian works out the script.

Regency next has “Broken City,” which 20th Century Fox will release in January.

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