TheHollywoodReporter has revealed that Netflix is looking to develop a Chinatown prequel series from David Fincher and the original 1974 film’s screenwriter Robert Towne, who won an Oscar for the screenplay in 1975.

They’ll pursue a pilot before moving forward with a series, it’s seemingly an expensive endeavor given the period nature of the potential thriller series.

Netflix has commissioned Chinatown writer Robert Towne and director David Fincher to pen a prequel pilot script for the iconic 1974 film, sources confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. Netflix declined to comment. 

The script will portray the life of private investigator Jake Gittes (played by Jack Nicholson in the original film) before the events of Chinatown as he tackles cases involving L.A.’s one percent, endemic corruption, infrastructure and natural resources. Fincher, Towne and frequent Fincher collaborator Josh Donen (Mindhunter, House of Cards, Gone Girl) will executive produce if the prequel script goes to series.

I’m sure Netflix is being cautious since the original film was directed by Roman Polanski and likely don’t want to commit to a full series if there is going to be a costly backlash to the project itself.

When Los Angeles private eye J.J. “Jake” Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired by Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband’s activities, he believes it’s a routine infidelity case. Jake’s investigation soon becomes anything but routine when he meets the real Mrs. Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) and realizes he was hired by an imposter. Mr. Mulwray’s sudden death sets Gittes on a tangled trail of corruption, deceit and sinister family secrets as Evelyn’s father (John Huston) becomes a suspect in the case.

Fincher is currently shooting his biopic on the development/making of Orsen Welles’ Citizen Kane starring Oscar-winner Gary Oldman.

His previous Netflix series includes House of Cards and Mindhunter.

Netflix will decide on moving forward with a full series order after they take a look at the pilot.


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