Movie Awards Season 2013 is upon us, but that doesn’t prevent studios from planning ahead to next year’s end-of-year parade of potential Golden Globe and/or Oscar contenders. 20th Century Fox, for example, has gone ahead and staked out a Fall 2014 premiere for one such promising title, in the shape of director David Fincher’s upcoming mystery/thriller Gone Girl, based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn (who also wrote the script for the film adaptation).
Gone Girl has been shooting in Missouri for the past month, with Oscar-winner Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike headlining as Nick and Amy Dunne; who, in Flynn’s source material, are a married couple that’s been struggling with their long-term relationship, when Amy goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. The supporting cast for Fincher’s movie adaptation includes Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Patrick Fugit (Thanks for Sharing), Kim Dickens (Treme) and actor/filmmaker Tyler Perry.
Fox plans to release Gone Girl in theaters on October 3rd next year, which is the same date that Universal has claimed for its Dracula origin story flick, Dracula Untold (starring Luke Evans). In addition, the studio has set Son of God – a feature-length film that compresses the History Channel’s ultra-popular The Bible mini-series (with newly-added footage) – for release on February 28th next year, while setting the Guillermo del Toro-produced Romeo and Juliet-style horror/romance Book of Life for theatrical release two weeks after Gone Girl arrives.
Lastly, Fox has pushed Frankenstein back from 2014 to January 6th, 2015. The latest cinematic re-interpretation of the Mary Shelly sci-fi/horror classic novel is headlined by former Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe as Igor and young Professor X (i.e. award-winner James McAvoy) as Victor Von Frankenstein, alongside Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) as the object of Igor’s affection. Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis penned the script, with Paul McGuigan (Sherlock) set to direct.
Meanwhile, Sony Pictures Classics has revealed the official title for the next Woody Allen film (which is pretty much guaranteed to open in theaters in 2014): Magic in the Moonlight, as headlined by Emma Stone and Colin Firth, with a supporting cast that includes Marcia Gay Harden (Parkland), Eileen Atkins (Doc Martin), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook), Simon McBurney (The Borgias) and Hamish Linklater (The Newsroom).
There are no confirmed plot details for Magic in the Moonlight just yet, but judging by the first image released (see above), it would seem that the film – Allen’s second movie shot in France after the Oscar-winning Midnight in Paris – could very well be a period comedy-of-manners; one set in the early 20th Century perhaps, judging by Harden and Stone’s outfits. Portions of Midnight took place in the 1920s (thanks to the film’s magical time-travel storyline), but Allen hasn’t made a proper historical piece since his 2001 screwball comedy throwback, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion.
Son of God opens in U.S. theaters on February 28th, 2014.
Gone Girl hits theaters on October 3rd, 2014.
Book of Life opens in theaters on October 17th, 2014.
Frankenstein hits theaters on January 6th, 2015.
Look for Magic in the Moonlight to open in theaters in Summer 2014.