Though she appears in the upcoming Jack Kerouac adaptation On the Road, Amy Adams is gearing up to tackle an adaptation of a different sort. Variety reports that Adams is in negotiations to star in an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel Dark Places. The film centers on a woman who, at the age of 7, “survives the massacre of her family and testifies against her brother as the murderer. Twenty-five years later, a group obsessed with solving notorious crimes confronts her with questions about the crime.” Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah Keys) wrote the script and is set to direct the decidedly dark drama.
Adams recently wrapped the Superman reboot Man of Steel as well as the baseball drama Trouble with the Curve with Clint Eastwood. She’s currently shooting Spike Jonze’s untitled next film, and she’ll be seen this fall in Paul Thomas Anderson’s long-awaited The Master. Hit the jump for a synopsis of Dark Places.
Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.
The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club . . . and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.
As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer. [Amazon]