CONFIRMED: Damon Will be Fincher’s Eliot Ness for ‘Torso’ Adaptation

Having our main office in Columbus, Ohio gives us a lot of perks. For one, there aren’t any pesky celebrities around to drop by unannounced with an entourage of beautiful, open-minded women carrying multiple kegs and a bathtub full of Milk Duds. How annoying would that be? Secondly, Hayden Falls is gorgeous near sunset. And finally, once every millennium when a film is shot in Cleveland, we get an inside track on what’s going down. This millennium’s film is David Fincher’s adaptation of Brian Bendis and Marc Andreyko’s graphic novel, “Torso,” and today we can give you confirmations aplenty.

A source involved in the production has confirmed that Matt Damon will be playing Eliot Ness – the iconic head of The Untouchables and Cleveland Chief of Police during the brutal Torso Murders, that Ehren Kruger will be penning the script, and that Paramount is starting production on it in February or March of next year.

Rumors circulated yesterday via the devilishly handsome and the handsomely devilish after local newspaper The Plain Dealer, dropped the tidbit about Damon being tapped for the project.Today, we can conclusively confirm that the rumor is true. Which makes it less of a rumor and more of a fact. Not really a rumor at all really. No need for a question mark at the end of our headline.

We can also confirm that Cleveland may lose the production if they don’t pony up some sweet tax incentives.

Basically, if you want to film there, you’ve got about six days to make it happen before the weight of some awesome taxes come crashing down. Without tax incentives, the production may have to settle for exteriors in Cleveland and the rest of the shots in Michigan. One Great Lake is as good as another right?

Kruger has a strong list of writing credits including Arlington Road, The Ring, The Skeleton Key and the forthcoming Tranformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. Damon was last seen being one of the most famous actors currently working.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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