David Fincher in Talks to Direct Adaptation of Gillian Flynn's 'Gone Girl'
by Ethan Anderton
January 22, 2013
Though The Social Network director David Fincher has been working on getting 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea off the ground, not to mention being talked about for Star Wars: Episode VII and supposedly game for The Girl Who Played with Fire, we haven't head what his next project will really be. Now Variety has word that Fincher is currently in talks with Fox to direct Gone Girl, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel of the same name. An official offer isn't on the table yet, but the story follows a woman who disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary and sparks suspicion and strange behavior from her husband. More below!
Here's the book's official synopsis:
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
Reese Witherspoon is one of the producers on the film but it's not clear if she's looking to star in the adaptation. The book was snagged up last summer in a bidding war where Fox paid seven figures for the rights. As for Fincher's other potential projects, apparently his desire to get Brad Pitt to star in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea fell through, and Disney is keeping the project on hold again. Frankly, I don't know why Fincher just wouldn't return to the Millennium Trilogy, but with a new bestseller in his grasp, maybe the story is compelling enough for another great murder mystery? Stay tuned.
I'm glad he's not returning to the Millennium trilogy as I found that to be one of his weakest films to date. This sounds much more up his alley.
Matt Peloquin on Jan 23, 2013
David Fincher hasn't made 1 bad movie(maybe a boring one, but not a bad one), but he sure has made way too few. I wish he could get 100% control on just 1 movie; he said himself in an interview that he usually only gets 60-70% of what he wants on celluloid.
David Banner on Jan 24, 2013
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