Friday, January 23, 2009

Paramount Lapses On Torso/Ness Rights

THR has news that Paramount has let the film rights lapse for Torso/Ness, the graphic novel adaptation that has had David Fincher ('The Curious Case of Benjamin Button', which received a whooping 13 Oscar nods) attached to direct and Matt Damon to star, leaving the project in limbo.

The article stated last month, Paramount's ability to extend the rights option as part of the original deal expired, which would have then required the studio to purchase the rights outright to retain them -- a price the studio apparently was unwilling to shell out. While the studio still owns Kruger's screenplay, it is in discussions potentially to strike a new option agreement with the comics writers, to whom the rights reverted. (Fincher and the producers remain attached.)

Maybe success at the Oscars will get Paramount more willing to part with their cash.