In an update on David Fincherís ZODIAC, star Jake Gyllenhaal of DONNIE DARKO tells MTV.com that the director is ďgoing pretty dark with this one.Ē Scripted by James (DARKNESS FALLS) Vanderbilt and based on the true-crime books ZODIAC and ZODIAC UNMASKED by Robert Graysmith, ZODIAC revolves around the investigation of the self-nicknamed serial killer, who terrorized San Francisco during the í60s and í70s. Gyllenhaal plays San Francisco Chronicle reporter Graysmith, who became drawn into the case after receiving taunting letters from the murderer.
Currently filming on location in San Francisco, the movie also stars Robert Downey, Jr. (as one of Graysmithís fellow reporters), Mark Ruffalo (as a homicide detective), Chloe (AMERICAN PSYCHO) Sevigny and Bijou (VENOM) Phillips. Says Gyllenhaal of Fincherís unique vision (nothing new for the director of SE7EN and FIGHT CLUB), ďHeís doing stuff on this film that Iíve never seen done before. Technically speaking, heís extraordinary. Heís shooting on this Viper[digital video] camera, so we donít have any slates or anything like thatówe just blow through takes and start over again.Ē
Regarding the filmís tone, the actor elaborates on his ďpretty darkĒ statement: ď[Fincher has] done these murder scenes unlike any Iíve seen before. Heís true exactly to the inch or centimeter of what actually happened. So itís going to look and feel exactly like it happened in real life. Itís going to be terrifying.Ē A joint Warner Bros./Paramount Pictures production, ZODIAC is slated for release in 2006.