It's not often that I get excited about a soon to be released movie. There was The Doors back in 1991, Wonder Boys in 2000, and Capote in 2005. I’m even excited about the probably-never-to- be-released The Rum Diary.
At present though, I’m very excited about the upcoming release of Zodiac, the David Fincher film about the serial killer that terrorized the San Francisco/Bay Area during my childhood of the late 60’s and early 1970’s. There’s a great article/interview with Fincher in the recent Entertainment Weekly (yes I read it. I read it and like it).
The Zodiac Killer was big news in his day. Movie fans may recall the original Dirty Harry (1971), filmed in and around San Francisco at the height of the Zodiac madness. Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan, tracks a serial killer who called himself Scorpio. At one point in the film, Scorpio kidnaps a bus full of school kids. In one of his letters to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Zodiac said “School children make nice targets.”
Zodiac was never caught, so far as anyone knows. I remember visiting family friend’s who lived in San Francisco during those years, and having late night discussions about The Zodiac and his serial killer cousin, the Zebra Murderer; being scared but in the fun, detached way children enjoy fear.
Zodiac, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., and Anthony Edwards, begins Friday, March 2. See you there.