Benjamin Button: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. Pictures has boarded Paramount Pictures' long-gestating adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Benjamin Button. Warners will co-finance and co-produce the feature, with Paramount handling domestic and Warners taking on international rights to the film.
David Fincher has a three-month holding deal to direct the project. But several producers around town are holding their breath to see which project Fincher actually directs next. The Fight Club helmer has been associated with a variety of projects, including Phoenix Pictures' film about the so-called Zodiac Killer, DreamWorks' The Lookout and the remake of The Reincarnation of Peter Proud.
Eric Roth wrote the most recent draft of Benjamin Button with previous writers including Robin Swicord. The "Button" project has been in development for some time and has attracted the interest of several directors over the years, including Gary Ross, Spike Jonze, Ron Howard and Phil Alden Robinson.
Benjamin Button follows an old man who starts aging backward. When he hits 50, he falls in love with a 30-year-old and must come to terms with the situation.