David Fincher's new film, Zodiac, is based on the true story of one of the most intriguing unresolved crimes in the country's history. The genre and subject matter are perfect for Fincher, a brilliant filmmaker who has made the horror thriller “Seven,” with Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, and the controversial drama, “Fight Club,” again with Pitt. The thriller “Panic Room” with Jodie Foster in the lead was serviceable but not great, perhaps due to the static and claustrophobic nature of the story.

In the new noir film, a serial killer terrifies the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting the police with his ciphers and letters. Investigators in four jurisdictions are involved in the search for the murderer. The case soon becomes an obsession for all four men, whose lives and careers are built and destroyed by the endless trial of clues.

Based on Robert Graysmith's book, the screenplay was written by James Vanderbilt. The movie has a terrific cast, headed by Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., and Anthony Edwards. Hopefully the film will be more like the 1995 “Seven” than the more generic “Panic Room.”

Co-produced by Paramount and Warner, the Phoenix Pictures production is slated for fall release.