The news of Fincher's potential involvement with the chess flick came days after word had surfaced that he was still looking for a studio for his Heavy Metal re-imagining and was also in talks to direct The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo. It's certainly a change for the usually slow-paced director, who has proven that he isn't afraid to walk away from a project rather than abandon his principles, and it was probably that same attitude that led to Fincher's previous battles with Paramount. Variety even speculates that perhaps Fincher has found a new home at Colombia, having already started work on the Facebook drama Social Network for the studio.
I've been a fan of Fincher long enough to know that he isn't afraid to pull the plug, so until these movies are in production, I won't hold my breath. Then again, maybe I should try and be a bit more optimistic, and I can only hope that Fincher has finally caught the productivity bug.