Robert Towne and David Fincher team to uncover Jake Gittes past in Chinatown prequel series.
At the end of Roman Polanski's 1974 detective noir classic Chinatown, Jake Gittes played by Jack Nicholson, is told to "forget it." There is an unspoken understanding based on experience and history. Netflix is getting ready to fill us in on the story. Original Chinatown writer Robert Towne and director David Fincher are collaborating on a pilot script for a prequel, according to Variety.
The prequel series will be executive produced by Josh Donen, along with Towne and Fincher, who put Netflix original programming on the map with House of Cards, and continues with Mindhunter, which concluded season 2. He is next set to direct Mank, a film feature about the battles Orson Welles and screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz fought over Citizen Kane. Mank will star Gary Oldman as Mankiewicz and Tom Burke as Welles.