David Fincher, ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’

Director is a battle-tested veteran of studio combat

David Fincher has seen his fair share of studio combat. At 27, the commercial whiz kid got his first taste of warfare with “Alien 3,” an ill-conceived production that lacked studio reinforcements. But Fincher quickly fired back with “Seven,” the edgy serial-killer police procedural that made $327 million worldwide and catapulted him to the front ranks of Hollywood auteurs.

Not one to sit back and take a furlough, Fincher entered the foxholes again with “Fight Club,” fighting long and hard to retain his vision against the powers that be. Though vindicated by pic’s now-cult status and strong DVD sales, it was Fincher’s follow-up, “Panic Room,” that reaped box office spoils, while last year’s “Zodiac” won over the hearts and minds of critics.

Now with his most ambitious, expensive and sentimental undertaking, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” the next stage in Fincher’s offensive is about to launch.

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