Written by Andrea Martin. Media by Charley Phillips.
Gone Girl Coming to Theaters Oct. 3
Based off the book of the same name, written by Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl focuses on the marriage of Nick and Amy Dunne, which presents a twisted side to a relationship seemingly gone wrong.
On the eve of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne comes home to a disturbing scene: a blood drenched living room, furniture in shambles, and his wife nowhere to be found. After reporting his wife missing, the police come up with no leads, and start to suspect Nick as the killer after digging deeper into the relationship between him and his wife.
Waiting to be released on October 3, the movie is directed by David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network, Fight Club) and stars Ben Affleck (Argo, Pearl Harbor) and Rosamund Pike (Pride & Prejudice, Jack Reacher) as Nick and Amy Dunne. The movie will also star Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry, two actors accustomed to more comedic roles than dark roles that will be featured in Gone Girl.
The themes tied into the book deal with deception, dishonesty, economic struggles, and, of course, unhappiness. With unreliable sources throughout the novel, it is hard to pinpoint the truth, and it leaves the reader in an inconclusive state. Fincher, known for his dark take in directing, seems to be the right pick to make this novel into a realistic and thrilling film, and the hype around it seems justified.
Published in 2012, Gone Girl spent eight straight weeks at the #1 spot on the New York Times’ bestsellers list, and has spent 71 weeks on the bestsellers list in general. As of now, the book has sold over six million copies with more expected as the paperback edition has just hit the shelves.
The author of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn, has also written top-notch novels such as, Sharp Objects and Dark Places, which centralize dark themes and twisted characters. Dark Places is set to be released sometime next year, and will be starring Charlize Theron (Monster, Prometheus) as Libby Day, a woman who survived a brutal attack on her family that leads to a quest to discover the true motivation behind the attack.
Expected to be a blockbuster film, Affleck and Pike have generated rave reviews for their portrayal of Nick and Amy with some critics even suggesting they may get Oscar nominations. Fincher’s directing has also been praised with some critics proclaiming that the movie is so dark and thrilling that it is actually better than the novel itself (something you definitely don’t hear nowadays).
Whatever praise is gained, it cannot be denied that many fans are waiting with great anticipation. As a huge fan of Gillian Flynn, I, myself, am eager to see what awaits us on the big screen. And, as a typical bookworm, I highly suggest giving the book a try, as well as Flynn’s others, should you thoroughly enjoy the movie.