MADRID. Chinatown, the undisputed classic of Roman Polanski starring Jack Nicholson, will have a prequel in series form for Netflix.
A production that will have at the head David Fincher and Robert Towne, writer of the libretto of the original film.
As Variety advances, the project is in the early stages of its development. The script is in charge of Fincher and Towne, who will recover the story of the young Jake J.J. Gittes during his first cases as a researcher.
Roman Polanski's original film, released in 1974, narrated the life of a detective who began investigating a case of an adulterer who is within a much larger plot. The film, received with great enthusiasm between critics and audiences, won up to eleven Oscar nominations, won the award for best original screenplay for Towne himself.
With this project, Fincher returns to collaborate with Netflix after being executive producer of House of Cards, of which he directed the first two episodes, and the psychological-criminal drama Mindhunter. The director has also returned to the cinema thanks to the streaming service with Mank, a feature film focused on screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz during the development of the mythical Citizen Kane, masterpiece of Orson Welles.
For its part, Towne re-signs a script after more than ten years without appearing on any credit. The last film he wrote -and also directed-, Ask the Wind, was released in 2006. In addition to Chinatown, the screenwriter has participated in productions such as Mission Impossible, Tequila Connection or The Two Jakes, the failed sequel to Polanski's successful film directed by Jack Nicholson himself.