David Fincher’s “Onward” to Begin Production

After the success of movies like The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which both look at how technology shapes our world, director David Fincher has announced the story of Onward State’s founding and subsequent rise for his next project.

The script, titled simply Onward, focuses on the attempts of three college students to take on traditional journalism from a dorm room. Think making a blog is easy? Try fighting Daily Collegian staff members, the administration, ninjas and self-aware server robots while dealing with classes at the same time. The film will be shot in scenic State College, Pennsylvania, as well as New York, Honolulu, Hawaii, and the Amazon river.

Sources have told Onward State that Michael Cera is interested in playing Founder and General Manager Davis Shaver. The role of Evan Kalikow will be created using the same motion-capture technology as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, with Samuel L. Jackson lending his iconic voice. Eli Glazier, who will be attending the University of Southern California in the fall, looks to be kicking off his acting career by playing himself.

Local hip-hop group Primary Element has already started work on the soundtrack. “I know we’ve had some differences in the past, but the Onward State story is so inspiring,” said member Mike Wallace. Look forward to hearing “Onward and Upwards,” “#NotAJournalist,” “Pussy Ponter (ft. Chewi),” “Buckle Up, Yo,” “The Blog Life,” “Dead Before You Know It,” and “Pressed for Words” on everyone’s speakers next year.

Said Shaver, “I can’t wait to see how our approach to journalism translates to film. It’s always been a dream of mine to see a ‘Shaverwood’ sign up on Mount Nittany.”

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Alex Federman

Alex is a Senior at Penn State who enjoys watching movies and television shows (probably a bit too much). He's a Film/Video major, with a Spanish minor.

Meet The Penn Staters Competing In The Paris Olympics

Twenty-one current and former Penn State athletes will appear in the Paris Olympic Games.

News & Notes From Pat Kraft’s Big Ten Football Media Days Press Conference

Kraft touched on several topics, including the White Out, Beaver Stadium’s renovation project, and NIL.

Penn State Athletics Announces Food & Beverage Partnership With Oak View Group

Oak View Group’s hospitality division work as a food and beverage partner across nearly all University Park athletic venues.

Other posts by Alex

From Pawnee to State College: Nick Offerman to Kick Off SPA LateNight

Comedian Nick Offerman, well-mustached star of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” (and professional woodworker), will kick off a semester of SPA events performing in Eisenhower Auditorium.

Senior Column: The Man Behind the Twitter

The Blue and White Film Festival Highlights the Best in Student Films