DAVID FINCHER AND STDS

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02.21.08 41 Comments

Variety reports that Fight Club / Zodiac director David Fincher’s next project (after The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with Brad Pitt, currently in post-production) will be an adaptation of comic book graphic novel Black Hole, by Charlie Burns.

Set in the suburbs of Seattle during the mid-1970s, the book follows a group of mostly middle class teenagers who over the summer contract a mysterious sexually transmitted disease known as "the Bug" or "the teen plague", which causes them to develop bizarre physical mutations, turning them into social outcasts. Several teens with the bug find seclusion at "The Pit", an encampment in the woods outside of town… Burns has said that the mutations can be read as a metaphor for adolescence, sexual awakening and the transition into adulthood. 

Hmm, so it’s like X-Men, except the mutants’ powers don’t help them fight crime so much as become more angsty.  "So what’s your power, bro?"  "I dunno… sometimes it’s like I just… don’t care about anything, you know?"  

I think this disease was going around when I was in high school, but I didn’t catch it because… uh… because I uh, like, took precautions and stuff… STOP LOOKING AT ME!

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