David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ Adaptation Grabs Awards Season-Friendly Release Date

By October 16, 2013
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Gone Girl

If you’ve yet to read any of bestselling author Gillian Flynn’s three twisty, turny, dead clever thrillers – first of all, correct that – you’re about to be inundated with book-to-film adaptations on your big screen soon enough.

Film versions of all three of Flynn’s books – “Sharp Objects,” “Dark Places,” and “Gone Girl” – are currently in different states of production, but we finally know exactly when one of them will come to a theater near us. Fox has announced that David Fincher’s Gone Girl will arrive in theaters on October 3, 2014. As is the case with any high profile film that’s due to open in the autumn, awards season buzz is already ramping up.

Of the three Flynn films in production, Fincher’s Gone Girl does seem the most likely to grab both box office success and critical accolades – not only because the book it’s based on is Flynn’s most popular novel, but because the cast and crew behind it is the most glittery and recognizable of the trio. How recognizable? In case you missed the news from a few months back, the film will star an Academy Award winner who is also a part of the pantheon of great actors who have taken on Batman’s cape and cowl. No, no, not George Clooney – Ben Affleck.

Ben-Affleck

Affleck will star alongside Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, and Carrie Coon in the film, giving Fincher’s latest one heck of a talented and varied cast. For the uninitiated, the book centers on a married couple (Affleck and Pike) who trade in their hip Manhattan lifestyle to move back to the husband’s small Missouri hometown to help care for his mother. As the book winds on (and it’s a twisty one, which makes it hard to effectively telegraph just how smart and engaging it is), it becomes obvious that not all is right between Nick and Amy Dunne, a sense that is driven home when Amy goes missing and Nick becomes the prime suspect.

While the book sounds like a “ripped from the headlines” type affair – and, yes, the vultures of the cable news networks pop up frequently – Flynn’s book has a lot more going on than its basic plotline suggests. Frankly, it’s an easy one to spoil, so we’ll just encourage you to read it now, while you still can. You will not be disappointed (when you’re done, you can read Flynn’s others, simply because we can guarantee you’ll want to fall back into her dark powers).

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.