David Fincher in Talks to Direct GONE GIRL Adaptation

     January 22, 2013


When last we reported on the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl, it was to say that Reese Witherspoon would produce the 20th Century Fox acquisition.  Now it sounds like director David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) is in talks to helm.  The book centers on a man whose wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, only to have all roads point to him as the woman’s killer.  Author Flynn is also handling the screenplay adaptation. There is no word on whether Witherspoon would also star.  Hit the jump for more on Gone Girl. 

Word on Fincher’s talks to direct Gone Girl comes via Variety, though there is currently no offer on the table.

gone-girl-book-coverHere’s the synopsis for Gone Girl:

Marriage can be a real killer.

One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. TheChicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around. [Amazon]


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  • SP1234

    I see this with Fassbender and Chastain. No other possibilities in my mind.

  • Peter

    It’s been confirmed by the author that Witherspoon will star as Amy.

  • Jack

    Woah! What happened to 20,000 leagues under the sea!?

  • Doug

    I was hoping that he would be taking on the rest of the Millenium Trilogy, and then maybe 20,000 Leagues

  • Dominik Klein

    Well, its a strange case with Fincher and me. When I first dived into his work only 5 films of his had been released. Alien 3, Seven, The Game, Fight Club and Panic Room. Loved them all, some more than the others, but not a single bad one amongst them. When Zodiac was announced I was stoked and ended up loving it. But ever since then I was always let down by the projects Fincher announce dto direct next. Bejamin Button, I was like….eh this is not Fincher. I ended up loving it, praising it as one if the most touching dramas I ve ever seen. Then…The Social Network. I was like “how you make a movie outta this, tahts engaging?”. Well, Fincher managed to bring his typical Seven-Suspense into a Biopic about the rising of a website. Greatness achieved by Fincher, yet again. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Reamake of the swedish adaptation that was only 1 year old by then. I felt like it was unnecesary and I hated the fact it was the first film in a potential trilogy, I didnt want Fincher to be a franchise-man, I always wanted him to take on new projects. It ended up greatly, right up the Fincher-alley, and it was better than the swedish original and I am sure Stieg Larsson would ve considered Finchers film as the definitive adaptation of his novel.

    Then the sequels started struggeling. But now that the first one was so great I want Finche rto do the 2nd and 3rd. But also….20.000 Leuges under the sea, in 3D, big adventure feeling, 70% CGI, in the vein of Empire strikes back, setting in the 1800s, steam-punk potential…..GOD DAMNIT, I wanna see this so bad. Also, Jules Vernes 20.000 Leagues novels is one of the best pieces of Fiction I have ever read, and the Original Disney film is dated, and I cant help but feel like Fincher could really make for a legendary Nautilus / Nemo adventure…. Unfortunatly Disney is hesistant with giving a Budget, they re too busy with producing shit like John Carter and Lone Ranger.

    And now Gone Girl….and yet, at first glance I wa slike “meh”, I rather want 20.000 Leagues or the Dragon Tattoo Sequels. But upon reading the synopsis I felt it. I felt “yes, this is Fincher, this is Fincher right there.”

    I have come to the conclusion that I will support everything this man is planning to give me, since even if I doubt it in the beginning I will definatly end up loving it anyway.

    But If I were to decide what Fincher should do next I would tell him to do 20000 Leuges, only for the sake of curiosity because this is totally unlike he has ever done before.