Zodiac

Zodiac

2007 film by David Fincher
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Zodiac is a 2007 American mystery-thriller film directed by David Fincher. The screenplay by James Vanderbilt is based on the 1986 non-fiction book of the same name by Robert Graysmith. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and obert Downey, Jr., with Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Elias Koteas, Donal Logue, John Carroll Lynch, Dermot Mulroney, and Chloë Sevigny in supporting roles.

Zodiac tells the story of the manhunt for a notorious serial killer who called himself the "Zodiac" and killed in and around the San Francisco Bay Area during the late 1960s and early 1970s, leaving several victims in his wake and taunting police with letters, blood stained clothing, and ciphers mailed to newspapers. The cases remain one of Northern California's most infamous unsolved crimes.

Fincher, Vanderbilt and producer Bradley J. Fischer spent 18 months conducting their own investigation and research into the Zodiac murders. Fincher employed the digital Thomson Viper Filmstream camera to photograph the film. However, Zodiac was not shot entirely digitally; traditional high-speed film cameras were used for slow-motion murder sequences.

Reviews for Zodiac were very positive, lauding the film's writing, directing, acting and historical authenticity and Fincher won the "Best Director" prize from the Dublin Film Critics' Circle in 2007. The film grossed over $84 million worldwide against a production budget of $65 million.

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  • February 28, 2007 (2007-02-28) (New York City)
  • March 2, 2007 (2007-03-02) (United States)
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157 minutes
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United States
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Paul Avery: Okay, this can no longer be ignored.
(points at Graysmith's drink, which is blue. Graysmith looks confused)
Paul Avery: What is that?
  • David Fincher was always first choice to direct, based on his work on Se7en (1995).
  • Although the film was shot digitally, certain segments - mainly those in slow motion - had to be shot on film.
  • The bar Paul Avery frequents in the film is called Morti's. Mortis is Latin for death.
  • David Fincher's template for the film was Alan J. Pakula's All the President's Men (1976).
  • Initially David Fincher wanted to cast Brad Pitt as Avery before he settled on Robert Downey Jr. instead.

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