David Fincher is back with a feature-length theatrical release this fall, following his detour into Netflix original programming for House of Cards, with another adaptation of a best-selling dramatic mystery/thriller novel – three years after he made The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, that is. The project this time is Gone Girl, which is based on the book authored by Gillian Flynn (who also penned the script for the movie version) and is headlined by future Caped Crusader - and Oscar-winning filmmaker - Ben Affleck.
The story of Gone Girl kicks into gear when Nick Dunne (Affleck) reports that his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing, on the happy (or so it seemed…) married couple’s fifth wedding anniversary. It soon becomes more than a little apparent to the investigating authorities, as well as the media circus surrounding the incident, that not all was well with Nick and Amy’s relationship. Question is, did Nick do the nearly unfathomable and murder his wife – or is there something else going on here?
A trailer has been released for Gone Girl and, as you can see from the footage, this film has all the distinct elements of a David Fincher creation, from the aesthetics (see: camera angles, lighting) to the story’s neo-Noir influence and more pessimistic take on human nature; here, in a narrative that examines the strain that compromises and sacrifices can put on a long-term relationship. That Flynn’s Gone Girl novel often leaves readers unsure which characters they can and cannot trust to tell the “truth” makes it all the more interesting material for adaptation, especially by the director behind movies like The Game and Fight Club. (Sidenote: for those who’re curious, that’s a cover of Elvis Costello’s “She” that accompanies the footage here.)
Check out the official Gone Girl teaser poster, below (click to enlarge):
There will even be surprises for those who’ve read the Gone Girl novel ahead of time, before they sit down to watch Fincher’s adaptation. Flynn mixed things when she turned her original book into a script, enough so that the film’s entire third act is apparently different than the source novel’s; whether or not that means the final reveals/twists have also been altered remains to be seen, but this is one of the those rare cases where the changes to the source material not only come with the author’s consent – they are, in fact, the one responsible for the differences.
Rounding out the Gone Girl cast are Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Tyler Perry (The Single Moms Club), Missi Pyle (The Artist), Patrick Fugit (Thanks for Sharing), Kim Dickens (Treme), Scott McNairy (Non-Stop), Sela Ward (CSI: NY), and Boyd Holbrook (Jane Got a Gun).
Gone Girl opens in U.S. theaters on October 3rd, 2014.