The last interview of the year was, as it turns out, one of my favorites.
David Fincher's offices aren't in the part of town you'd expect, and from the outside, you'd never realize one of Hollywood's most in-demand filmmakers was working there. On the Thursday before the end of the year, a small group of journalists were invited to spend some time talking to Fincher about the upcoming Blu-ray release of his latest film, "The Social Network." An early copy of the Blu-ray was messengered over so I could check it out before sitting down with him, and I took that seriously, since there's no reason to ask him a question that he answers in the film's supplemental section. I also noticed that they beep him for language several times on the commentary, and also once when he gave out Aaron Sorkin's e-mail address. In the following interview, Fincher is not, in fact, beeped, so be warned.
I watched the film with his commentary track, and then watched the feature-length documentary on the making of the film that was put together by David Prior. It's an excellent look inside the development and creation of the film, and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants an unvarnished look at big-budget studio filmmaking.
As I prepared to head into the conference room to chat with Fincher, I saw Steve Weintraub from Collider on his way out. He ran his interview just before the New Year break, and it's interesting how there are a few quotes that Fincher worked his way around to in both interviews, things that are very obviously on his mind. We covered a lot of different ground, though, and reading his, then reading mine, you get a good portrait of where Fincher's head is at right now.