First Image of Charlize Theron in Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s Adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s DARK PLACES

     November 11, 2013

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The first image has been released from Gilles Paquet-Brenner‘s adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s best-selling novel Dark Places.  The film stars Charlize Theron as Libby Day, a woman who, at the age of 7, survives the massacre of her family and testifies against her brother as the murderer.  Years later, when confronted by a group obsessed with solving notorious crimes, Libby is forced to confront the truth about what she saw—or didn’t see.  Producer and co-financier Exclusive Media shopped the film around the American Film Market and has completed all major sales.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The outstanding cast also includes Nicholas Hoult, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks, and Drea de Matteo.  If Dark Places is released in 2014, it will join the other high-profile adaptation of a Gillian Flynn novel—David Fincher‘s Gone Girl, which opens on October 3rd.

Via Exclusive Media.

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Here’s the press release:

GILLIAN FLYNN’S BEST-SELLING NOVEL LURES BUYERS AS EXCLUSIVE MEDIA COMPLETES MAJOR SALES FOR ITS ‘DARK PLACES’

Los Angeles, CA (November 8 2013) – Producer and co-financier Exclusive Media has completed major sales on DARK PLACES, the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel of the same title starring Oscar winning actress Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Chloë Grace Moretz, Emmy Award nominated actress Christina Hendricks and Drea de Matteo, it was announced by Alex Walton, President of International Sales and Distribution for Exclusive Media.

All rights deal were completed with Mars in France, Remstar in Canada, CCC in Japan, Svensk in Scandinavia, Ascot Elite in Switzerland, Nu Metro in South Africa, Odeon in Greece, Sam Films in Iceland, Tanweer in Turkey, India and Pakistan, Tandem in Bulgaria, SOLD in Eastern Europe, Discovery in Croatia/Slovenia/Serbia, AQS in the Czech Republic, Prorom in Hungary and Romania, Monolith in Poland, West in Russia/the Baltic States, Noori in South Korea,  and United King in Israel.

Exclusive Media also completed deals with IDC in Latin America, Front Row in the Middle East, PT Amero in Indonesia, Universal Excel in Malaysia, Captive in the Philippines, Intercontinental in Hong Kong,  M Pictures in Thailand, Noori / Megastar in Vietnam, Cathay in Singapore, CMC in Taiwan, Fox/Star for SEAsian TV and Jaguar for planes/ships.

“Best-selling author of three novels including Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn has proven to be the big draw card to buyers as well as the film’s all-star cast and the response so far has been incredible,” said Alex Walton.

Written and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (SARAH’S KEY), DARK PLACES is co-financed by Exclusive Media and Cuatro Plus Films. Exclusive Media is producing with Stephane Marsil of Hugo Films, Charlize Theron’s Denver and Delilah Productions partners Beth Kono and AJ Dix; and Mandalay’s Cathy Schulman and Matt Rhodes. Exclusive Media’s Matt Jackson is producing, with the company’s Guy East, Nigel Sinclair, Tobin Armbrust and Alex Brunner Executive Producing. Peter Safran is also serving as an Executive Producer.

DARK PLACES tells the story of Libby Day, 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 horrific event.

Dark Places was published in 2009 and was listed on the New York Times Best Seller List for hardcover fiction for two consecutive weeks.  The book was also shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and won the Dark Scribe Magazine Black Quill Award for Dark Genre Novel of the Year.  Gillian Flynn is one of the most recent critically acclaimed suspense writers and her recent novel, Gone Girl, spent eight weeks at No. 1 on the hardcover fiction best-seller list of The New York Times, and has sold more than two million copies in print and digital formats.

Currently in post-production, Exclusive Media is debuting first footage from DARK PLACES at AFM.

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