Netflix recruits David Fincher for Chinatown prequel series

He and original scriptwriter Robert Towne will co-author the pilot. 

David Fincher has signed an agreement with Netflix to co-author the pilot for a Chinatown prequel series. 

The Social Network director will team up with Robert Towne, who wrote the script for the original film back in 1974.

Directed by Roman Polanski, the original Chinatown is widely considered to be one of the best films ever made. 

Set in L.A, it focuses on PI Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) who’s hired by a woman named Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband Hollis’s (Darrell Zwerling) affair. 

Gittes soon finds himself caught up in a tangled web of deceit and corruption when he meets the real Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) and Hollis suddenly turns up dead. 

This currently unnamed prequel will revolve around a much younger Jake Gittes as he begins to establish himself as a private investigator in L.A. 

As to be expected for a project in such early stages, an official cast or release date has yet to be announced. 

It’s also not yet clear whether or not Fincher will direct the pilot or any additional episodes. 

This Chinatown prequel series isn’t the only project of its type in development at Netflix. 

Ryan Murphy’s Ratched, a prequel series to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest exploring the early life of Nurse Ratched, is due for release sometime next year with American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson in the title role. 

Source: NME

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