We can’t say enough how much we love the idea of a novel we love getting turned into a movie. It’s like watching words come to life.
Published in 2012, “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn made the New York Times Best Seller list within weeks of its release. The novel tells the story of journalist Nick Dunne and his wife Amy Dunne’s difficult marriage. After losing his job due to downsizing, he relocates himself and his wife from New York City to his small hometown of North Carthage, Missouri. On their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing. Nick eventually becomes a prime suspect in her disappearance for various reasons.
The film adaptation is directed by David Flincher and just in case you’re worried that the film might ruin the novel for you, rest assured, Gillian Flynn had a big part in writing the adapted screenplay. And if you’re worried about the film straying away from the original story, Gillian said:
Of course, the script has to be different from the book in some ways – you have to find a way to externalize all those internal thoughts and you have to do more with less room and you just don’t have room for everything. But the mood, tone and spirit of the book are very much intact. I’ve been very involved in the film and loved it. Working with David Fincher is pretty much the best place to start for a screenwriter. Screenwriting definitely works different parts of your brain than writing a novel. I do love that with novels, you can really sprawl out – it feels quite decadent. With screenwriting, you have to justify every choice. It’s a nice discipline, but definitely not decadent.
Ben Affleck will take on the role of Nick Dunne while Rosamund Pike will play Amy Dunne. You can also expect to see Neil Patrick Harris as Desi Collings. Have we mentioned that Reese Witherspoon is one of the film’s producers? Kinda makes you want to watch it now, doesn’t it?
“Gone Girl” is not the only Gillian Flynn novel that’s about to take on the silver screen. An adaptation of her second novel, “Dark Places”, is due to open in September this year too.
“Gone Girl” is slated for a 11th Dec release.
For more information, visit the movie’s official website.