Tuesday, December 14, 2004

POPCORN: Straight Out of Hell, The Black Dahlia

The Black Dahlia, the most infamous murder case to rock Hollywood until the Manson family paid a gruesome visit to Sharon Tate, is finally making it's way out of development hell with a bit of casting news today. For at least seven years, The Black Dahlia has been in development to my knowledge and I would speculate it's been around long before that. Around 1997/1998 I found that David Fincher (one of my favorite directors) was attached to direct it. Since then it's been passed around and flip turned upside down, but noir fans, there is hope.

Variety is reporting this morning that Hilary Swank has joined the cast along side Josh Hartnett and Scarlett Johansson. Brian De Palma is the current director attached.

The Black Dahlia case is about the gruesome murder and mutilation of Elizabeth Short back in 1947. A.J. Benza used to talk about it all the time on Hollywood Mysteries during the early days of E!. While there was a likely suspect (or two), officially the case has never been solved. The film is based on the James Ellroy novel of the same name about the case.


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