The image you see above you was recently taken when A-list directors Ben Affleck and David Fincher were spotted sitting down to have a high-powered lunch together. What were the two movers and shakers discussing? The finer points of putting together a film? How good the tiramisu was at the cafe that day? No, most likely they were discussing a Gillian Flynn novel called “Gone Girl,” and what it would take it turn it into a movie.
If you’ll recall, back in January it was reported that Fincher was quite possibly looking to direct an adaptation of the book, though it wasn’t quite clear where it would fit into his confusing schedule. Well, a report out of Deadline now claims that, due to his shadowy lunch with Affleck, Gone Girl is officially a go, and it’s officially going to be Fincher’s next film.
That’s because Affleck has just agreed to headline the project as an actor, which will give it the star power Fox (who paid a reported seven figures for the rights to the book) needs to feel comfortable moving forward with production. Work starting on Gone Girl means several things for several projects. First of all, it means that Disney’s often troubled 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo will definitely not be Fincher’s next job, which makes the future of that film look even more uncertain. Secondly, it also means that Affleck will have to push back his plans to direct Live By Night for Warner Bros. That film still seems to be a definite go though, as the thinking is that Affleck will be able to shoot Gone Girl this fall and still have Live By Night completed by the end of 2014.
So, for the uninitiated, what exactly is this Gone Girl story that’s going to be getting the attention of one of Hollywood’s most famous actors as well as one of its most respected directors? We’ll turn once again to Amazon’s description of the Flynn novel, for those who haven’t been keeping up with Fincher’s exploits:
“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?”
There’s not yet any word on who might play the female lead, though Reese Witherspoon already being on board as a producer does make one raise their eyebrows in suspicion, doesn’t it?