David Fincher is in talks to direct an adaptation of the popular book Gone Girl. Variety is reporting that no offer is on the table yet, but the filmmaker is very interested to make it happen if 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea doesn’t go into production.
The official plot description from the book follows:
Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn. 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? With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.
The book is available on Amazon for around $12. The screen rights to Gillian Flynn‘s book sparked a large bidding war last summer, with Fox outbidding other studios for a seven figure range deal.
Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea will produce the film, and while it hasn’t been announced, I’m sure Witherspoon might be eyeing a role in the adaptation.
Fincher was also developing a Star Wars-style reboot of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (potentially starring Brad Pitt) for Disney, and the mouse house is deciding whether to move forward with that film. Variety says that “Fincher had begun looking for other projects in case 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea fell through.”