Sharp Objects

Sharp Objects

By the time 2014 closes out, fans of Gillian Flynn‘s uniquely thrilling (and, typically, totally dark) novels will be doubly treated to a pair of new films based on her works. For an author who has so far only penned three books, that’s pretty handy work, but for awhile there, Flynn was going to be three for three in the feature adaptation department. Last summer, all of Flynn’s novels were in various states of cinematic production, with David Fincher‘s Gone Girl enjoying the bulk of the hype (it’s certainly the most star-studded production of the trio), Gilles Paquet-Brenner‘s Dark Places secure in a very respectable second place position and Sharp Objects just sort of hanging out in vague pre-production land. Gone Girl will now hit theaters on October 3 (though the possibility that it will bow at TIFF in September seems like a safe enough bet), just a month after Dark Places releases (with a September 1 release date, it sure would be nice to see a trailer or something soon, cough cough), but what about that Sharp Objects movie? Turns out, there’s not going to be one — because it’s going to be a Sharp Objects television show. This is fantastic news.

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Gillian Flynn

Bestselling author Gillian Flynn is a unique position – while she’s only penned three novels in her relatively short career (and, man, are all three of those novels damn good), all three of her books are currently in active movie development. Flynn could knock off her novel-writing career now and still be way ahead the curb, but let’s hope she doesn’t. If there’s anything both books and movies need right now, it’s truly thrilling works that rest on the shoulders of extremely complicated leading ladies. The three upcoming Flynn adaptations – Dark Places, Sharp Objects, and Gone Girl – are all coming to us from very different talent teams and studios, but there are plenty of common threads between each novel to make them just a wee bit confusing to readers and watchers (I’ve often gone searching for the Flynn book “Dark Objects” on the Internet, obviously to no avail). So what’s the difference between Gone Girl and Dark Places and Sharp Objects? We’ll tell you.

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That did not take long. Author Gillian Flynn‘s third novel, “Gone Girl,” only hit shelves on June 5, but it’s already the talk of the publishing world and a bonafide must-read that’s poised to be the breakout novel of the summer (it’s also at the top of the New York Times Bestseller list). Flynn’s no stranger to signing deals to adapt her clever and dark novels (her “Sharp Objects” was optioned by Alliance and Amy Adams is set to star in a film version of “Dark Places”), but even she must be reeling at the news out of Comic-Con that “Gone Girl” has been snapped up by 20th Century Fox for a cool seven figures. Deadline Del Mar reports that Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea, and Leslie Dixon will produce the film, with a script coming from Flynn herself. The book was reportedly a hot auction, with other studios like Universal hoping to snap up the rights. The outlet also speculates that the recent “Fifty Shades Of Grey action has elevated interest in bestsellers geared to female readers.” While the book certainly involves women (it centers on a woman who goes missing), it’s by no means some sort of “Fifty Shades” knock-off, as Flynn specializes in wicked suspense thrillers that appeal to a wide variety of readers.

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