'Chinatown' Prequel Series Set Up at Netflix With David Fincher, Robert Towne Chinatown is coming back, in a bit of a surprise. David Fincher and original film co-writer Robert Towne will pen a script for a prequel series pilot for Netflix. Towne of course won the Academy Award for co-writing the original 1974 film with director Roman Polanski. Insanely quotable and a true classic, Fincher and Towne’s prequel series would focus on a young Jake Gittes, the detective played in the film by Jack Nicholson. Who else is getting sick of these reboots and Prequels?