David Fincher To Direct A Perfect Circle Video

Film director David Fincher will return to his music video roots for “Judith,” the first single from A Perfect Circle, the new group featuring Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan and guitarist Billy Howerdel.

Fincher, who cut his directorial teeth in the late ’80s and early ’90s on such videos as Madonna’s “Express Yourself,” Paula Abdul’s “Cold Hearted” [RealVideo], and Aerosmith’s “Janie’s Got A Gun,” apparently agreed to direct “Judith” after hearing the debut record from A Perfect Circle, titled “Mer De Noms” (see “Tool’s Maynard Prepares A Perfect Circle Debut” ).

The “Judith” clip will mark Fincher’s first music video since filming The Wallflowers’ “6th Avenue Heartache” [QuickTime] in 1996, and he plans to complete work
on the video in between developing several film projects, including “The Black Dahlia” and “Rendezvous With Rama.” Fincher’s name has also been attached to two other films, “The Panic Room” and “Passengers.”

A Perfect Circle has also landed the opening spot on Nine Inch Nails’ upcoming tour, which kicks off on April 12 in Cleveland and is currently scheduled through a June 6 date in Anaheim, California (see “Nine Inch Nails Taps A Perfect Circle For U.S. Tour” ).

“Mer De Noms” is due out on Virgin Records on May 23.