David Fincher Film The Game Set to Become a TV Series
An older David Fincher thriller from 1997, The Game, is being adapted into a television series by Kevin Williamson, the writer of the 1996 version of Scream.
In 1997, Michael Douglas starred in an underrated thriller called, The Game, which was one of acclaimed director David Fincher’s first movies. Back then, Fincher had just recently hit the big-time with Se7en in 1995 and many insiders expected The Game to duplicate that film’s success. Although it wasn’t as big a hit as Se7en, The Game made some decent money and, now, some 27 years later, the movie is being developed into a television series by Scream scribe, Kevin Williamson.
In The Game, Douglas played a wealthy west coast businessman who received an unusual “gift” from his brother (Sean Penn). That present was a series of is-it-real or is-it-a-game escapades. At first, Douglas’s character becomes frustrated by the creepy things that are happening (in one scene, he comes face-to-face with a scary clown) and soon, events, spiral out of control. Douglas’s character soon meets a sexy blonde waitress (Deborah Kara Unger) but he is unable to tell what spooky situations are part of the game and which ones are actually real. The moral of the story is that Douglas had been acting like a jerk and needed to prioritize what was important in his life. He certainly learns what is real and what is a game the hard way. There were may scenes in the movie that provided much tension within the film.
Kevin Williamson has obtained a deal with Universal Television that includes The Game and two other projects: Rear Window and The It Girl. Williamson is known best for horror movies like Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer but he has also been associated with shows like the wildly popular drama, “Dawson’s Creek.” Williamson brings years of experience to the table and 1997’s The Game was a movie that came out (and was underappreciated) during the height of Williamson’s success back in the late 1990’s.
The Game opened well at the box-office back during its initial release. It earned $48 million domestically and another additional $61 million internationally. It received a “B-” CinemaScore grade which wasn’t uncommon for movies with twist endings back in the 1990’s. The Game holds the same CinemaScore as the similarly twisty 1999 Fincher gem, Fight Club.
It is the perfect time to make a television series based on this hit 1997 Michael Douglas film. That’s because the movie slipped under the radar over the years as Fincher went on to make a career for himself as an Oscar-nominated director with prestige movies like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Fincher’s masterpiece, Gone Girl, would also probably make a great television series one day for completely different reasons but that’s another story.
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