David Fincher options the rights to Jason Starr’s novel “Panic Attack”

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
June 1st, 2011

Hot on the heels of his forthcoming adaptation of Stieg Larsson's bestselling The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Vultureis reporting that director David Fincher has optioned the rights to Panic Attack, the 2009 revenge thriller from novelist Jason Starr. Attack centers around a New York psychotherapist who must face the aftermath of killing a home invader, including the police, the media, "and the possibility that a second burglar may seek revenge turn Bloom family dynamics toxic—and deadly."

Ted Griffin (OCEAN'S ELEVEN, MATCHSTICK MEN, TOWER HEIST) will write the adaptation for the film set up at Fincher's recently formed Panic Pictures.

Sounds right up Fincher's alley...an alley he's kind of been down before with the his 2002 home invasion/revenge thriller PANIC ROOM (even the book's cover design resembles the opening credits sequence). However, I have not read Starr's novel, so it could be completely different than how it sounds based on the synopsis.

The author himself had this to say about the story, “The thing about Panic Attack is that there’s a really compelling antihero in this guy Johnny Long [the revenge-minded cohort stalking the psychiatrist and his family]...He’s a very clever, Ripley-esque psychopath.”

So it does sound as if this film will play nicely with PANIC ROOM in a David Fincher PANIC double feature but will still stand alone as its own film with a plot that focuses more on what happens after the home invasion rather than just a home invasion itself. Hey, the bottom line is, it's David Fincher. The guy could be making a nature film about termite home invasion and I'd be excited for it.

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