With David Fincher‘s high-profile remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo headed to theaters this holiday season, the question of his directorial future remains an open-ended one. There’s certainly no shortage of rumors — a big-budget, Angelina Jolie-starring chronicle of the life of Cleopatra, an adaptation of Jason Starr‘s crime novel Panic Attack, and Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which Fincher is actually officially signed on to direct. Yet even if his future in the director’s chair is an uncertain one, it appears as if the Oscar-nominated filmmaker has found a project of interest in an untitled biopic of documentary photographer Dorothea Lange. [Variety]

In unknown Leslie Dektor, the project already has a director. Her newcomer status, though, should make way for a significant contribution by Fincher as the film’s executive producer. Angela Workman (Snow Flower and the Secret Fan) is the talent behind the screenplay; David Ginsberg (Get Low) is set to produce.

Lange is best known for her monumental work during the Great Depression. And considering the economic downturn we’re currently experiencing, this is a rare historical project that could carry a legitimate present-day significance as well. To read more about Lange’s life, which began with her contracting polio at an early age, click here.

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