David Fincher ("Panic Room," "Fight Club") will direct the skateboarding feature "Lords of Dogtown" for Columbia Pictures, which was initially slated to be directed by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst.

David Fincher ("Panic Room," "Fight Club") will direct the skateboarding feature "Lords of Dogtown" for Columbia Pictures, which was initially slated to be directed by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst. Durst is no longer involved with the project, which will begin shooting later this year. Casting is under way for the five male leads.

The project was written by Stacy Peralta, who wrote and directed the 2001 documentary feature "Dogtown and Z-Boys." "Lords" is described as a fictionalized version of the documentary and is based on a Spin magazine article that explored the skateboarding culture in the 1970s. It follows a group of young California surfers who take their style to the streets as skateboarders, thereby launching a whole new sport that defined a generation and pop culture.

As previously reported, Durst is in the thick of finishing work on Limp Bizkit's third Flip/Interscope album, "Less Is More." In a post last week on the group's official Web site, he wrote that he has found himself "singing about a lot of things going on in my life that I've just been fed up with for more than a minute and even things that have just happened recently. Going into this I had no idea which part of my soul was gonna speak up so I just let it flow from day to day."

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