In chess, it is a common tactic to sacrifice your pawn for a chance at the all-important queen. And now we know that nobody plays the Hollywood chess game quite like David Fincher.

According to The Playlist, reports that Fincher was set to direct 'Pawn Sacrifice' were decidedly premature, as the edgy director has instead signed on to helm the high profile adaptation of Steig Larsson's acclaimed thriller 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' for Sony. In chess, it is a common tactic to sacrifice your pawn for a chance at the all-important queen. And now we know that nobody plays the Hollywood chess game quite like David Fincher.

According to The Playlist, reports that Fincher was set to direct 'Pawn Sacrifice' were decidedly premature, as the edgy director has instead signed on to helm the high profile adaptation of Steig Larsson's acclaimed thriller 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' for Sony.

It had previously been expected that Fincher, who has gained a following for films such as 'Se7en,' 'Fight Club' and 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,' would next be tackling the cutthroat world of 70's chess with 'Pawn Sacrifice,' which is set to star Tobey Maguire.

However, it now seems as though his involvement with that film is in a strictly advisory role, as he has agreed to take on 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,' currently in the process of being scripted by 'Schindler's List' writer Steve Zaillian.

We have to admit that 'Dragon Tattoo' seems a bit more Fincher's speed than a chess match. The novel, which follows an amateur sleuth and his unlikely partner (the title character, who may be played by an unknown if Carey Mulligan doesn't end up with the role) as they try to solve a cold case, should play perfectly to Fincher's strengths. And with two popular sequels already in print, this could just be the first in a series of potential blockbusters for Fincher.

In other words: checkmate, Hollywood.


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