With the recent 86th Academy Awards ceremony, the Oscar race has finally come to a close—for now. We just spent the past five months here on Oscar Beat deconstructing every inch of the Oscar season, and while we still have quite a while to wait before the next race heats up, now seems like a fine opportunity to take a quick preview of what just might be on tap for next year’s ceremony. Obviously it’s way too early to take the 2015 Oscar race seriously, but there are plenty of anticipated films slated for release this year that could turn out to be the serious contenders in the next awards race. After the jump, I preview 10 of the films that might pop up in next year’s Oscar conversation.
A couple of intriguing composer announcements have been made today. First up, Trent Reznor has confirmed on Twitter that he and Atticus Ross will compose the score for director David Fincher’s upcoming adaptation Gone Girl. This will mark the third collaboration between Reznor/Ross and Fincher, and the two previously won an Oscar for their The Social Network score. Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck as a man whose wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, only to have all roads point to him as her killer. Rosamund Pike plays the wife, and the highly anticipated pic is scheduled for release on October 3rd.
Additionally, Film Music Reporter (via The Playlist) reports that Danny Elfman will score director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s steamy adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan lead the sexually charged drama, and it’ll be interesting to see what Elfman puts together. The film opens February 15, 2015.
After making his first foray into directing television last year with House of Cards, David Fincher is back with a brand new feature film in 2014. The filmmaker’s latest effort is an adaptation of the dark Gillian Flynn novel Gone Girl, which revolves around a man whose wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, only to have all roads point to him as her killer. Fincher enlisted Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike to play his two leads, Nick and Amy Dunne, and Flynn wrote the screenplay herself, adapting her own novel. The book has plenty of twists and turns as the central mystery begins to unfold, but now word comes that Flynn has significantly reworked the ending to her book for the film, so much so that the third act of Fincher’s Gone Girl will be entirely different.
Hit the jump for more, including the director’s thoughts on casting Affleck and Pike. Gone Girl opens October 3rd.
Based on a bestselling novel and directed by David Fincher, Gone Girl is already one of the hottest films of the year. So it’s no surprise that even though 2014 is only a week old, the movie has taken the cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly. The story centers on Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) a man whose wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, only to have all roads point to Nick as her killer. Fincher photographed the cover of the magazine, and if it’s any indication for the tone of the film, it’s going to be rather creepy.
Hit the jump to check out the cover, and click here for the first image from the movie. The film also stars Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Scoot McNairy, Missi Pyle, Casey Wilson, Emily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris. Gone Girl opens October 3rd.
As everyone looks to put the finishing touches on their 2013 Top 10 lists, it’s time to look ahead to the films on tap for 2014. One of the more exciting pics coming our way is director David Fincher’s next feature, an adaptation of the bestselling Gillian Flynn novel Gone Girl. The story 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. Ben Affleck stars in the lead role as Nick Dunne, and we now have our first official look at the actor in character standing next to a missing persons portrait of his wife, played by Rosamund Pike. The book is one hell of a page-turner, and I’m really excited to see what Fincher does with this darkly dramatic material.
Hit the jump to check out the image. The film also stars Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Scoot McNairy, Missi Pyle, Casey Wilson, Emily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris. Gone Girl opens October 3, 2014.
20th Century Fox has set David Fincher‘s adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s best-selling novel Gone Girl for October 3, 2014. Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star in the lead roles of a story that centers on the disappearance of a man’s wife and the resulting investigation that follows. The cast also includes Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Emily Ratajkowski, Patrick Fugit, Carrie Coon, and Neil Patrick Harris. Gone Girl will share the weekend with Dracula Untold starring Luke Evans. The fall release date for Gone Girl isn’t too surprising when you consider that David Fincher now caries an awards pedigree, and he’s working from popular source material.
Hit the jump for new release dates for the new adaptation of Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe, and for the Guillermo del Toro-produced animated film Book of Life.
We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this morning. Briefly:
- Model/actress Emily Ratajkowski, who appeared in the buzz-about music video for “Blurred Lines,” is set to play Andie opposite Ben Affleck in David Fincher’s Gone Girl.
- American Horror Story actress Lily Rabe has been cast as Commander Lyme in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2.
- The Walking Dead actress Laurie Holden will be playing the female lead in the comedy sequel Dumb and Dumber To opposite Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.
- Actor Riz Ahmed (Four Lions) will star alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler.
Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.
After rumors and reports of various actors circling roles in David Fincher’s upcoming adaptation Gone Girl, the director has set his cast. It includes Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in the lead roles of a story that centers on the disappearance of a man’s wife and the resulting investigation that follows. The cast also includes Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit and Carrie Coon, but not Neil Patrick Harris as was previously rumored. [Update: Neil Patrick Harris has been confirmed as starring in Gone Girl.] The Gillian Flynn novel adaptation is scheduled to shoot this fall. Hit the jump for more.
After a year and a half of waiting to hear what David Fincher’s next project after The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo might be, the filmmaker is moving very quickly on his adaptation of the bestselling Gillian Flynn novel Gone Girl. Fincher committed to the film as his next project just a couple of weeks ago with Ben Affleck set as the male lead, and the search began to fill the pic’s integral female lead role. While names like Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, and Emily Blunt were rumored, all three were subsequently ruled out due to scheduling and various other reasons.
Now Fincher has settled on which actress will take on the role, and it’s the lovely Rosamund Pike. Hit the jump for more, including the possibility of Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry (?) joining the cast.
With casting already underway on David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel Gone Girl, it’s no surprise to learn that his planned big-budget feature 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is kaput. A couple months ago, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that production had been pushed back to 2014 due to the inability to find a lead actor to commit to the project. However, The Playlist reports that the movie has been dead for months, and the report was “apparently a desperate bid by the Aussie government to entice the filmmakers and producers into continuing with this project that would bring millions of dollars in jobs to their movie industry.”
Fincher did try his damndest to make the picture happen, but couldn’t wrangle a bankable lead actor. Brad Pitt passed to do Fury, Matt Damon and Daniel Craig didn’t want to commit to the a 140-day shoot away from their families, Channing Tatum wasn’t seen as a bankable enough, and Fincher didn’t agree with Disney’s suggestion to cast Chris Hemsworth. Rather than continue fighting for his expensive project that was already a risky proposition for Disney (and one that now seems ludicrous considering the massive failures the studio had in trying to adapt older properties with John Carter and The Lone Ranger), Fincher moved to Gone Girl. So where does that leave his other major project, The Girl Who Played with Fire? Hit the jump for more.
While Ben Affleck has been busy prepping his next directorial feature, the period Dennis Lehane adaptation Live by Night, it appears that he’ll be making time for another acting gig before going into production on his Argo follow-up. What director would cause Affleck to push back his first directorial project after winning the DGA Award, you might ask? Well David Fincher, of course. Affleck is now in talks to lead Fincher’s adaptation of the Gillian Flynn bestselling novel Gone Girl, which will solidify the pic as Fincher’s next film. Hit the jump for more on this exciting development, including which Oscar winning actresses are being eyed for the female lead.
Fans of David Fincher have been itching to see a new feature film from the director since 2011’s release of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and we received a fairly promising update on his potential next project just yesterday. The filmmaker has been developing a big-budget remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for quite some time with an eye towards making it his next film, and yesterday we learned that Disney is being wooed by a major tax credit to shoot the film in Australia this year. Though Fincher was hoping to nab frequent collaborator Brad Pitt as his star, the actor had yet to officially sign on to the project.
Now a new report has surfaced with plenty of updates on all things Fincher, including word that he’s looking at a number of actors—including Channing Tatum—to possibly lead 20,000 Leagues given that Pitt has passed, that he may have to push production on the remake back to next year and film something else in the interim, and the possibility that he might not helm any of season two of the Netflix series House of Cards. Hit the jump to read on.
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.
It seems like just about everyone’s talking about Gillian Flynn’s latest novel, Gone Girl, and naturally the property’s film rights became a major get. Per Deadline, 20th Century Fox is the winning studio, as they apparently acquired the rights for an amount in the range of seven figures. Pacific Standard’s Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea will produce alongside Leslie Dixon. The book centers a man whose wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, only to have all roads point to him as the woman’s killer. No word on whether Witherspoon would also star in Gone Girl, but she’s got a pretty full plate of upcoming projects at the moment.
Flynn will be handling the screenplay herself, and the author has two other feature film adaptations in development. Amy Adams is attached to star in Dark Places, with Gilles Paquet-Brenner directing, and Paranormal Activity guru Jason Blum is producing Sharp Objects. Hit the jump to read a synopsis for Gone Girl.