After Gone Girl, author Gillian Flynn was quickly established as a screenwriter and developer of TV and film projects. One project announced last year that raised eyebrows more than any other was a remake of Strangers on a Train, the Alfred Hitchcock film in which a theoretical conversation between two men about murdering each others’ respective relations turns into real murder.
Flynn was reported to be teaming with Gone Girl director David Fincher and star Ben Affleck on the film, with a slightly new take on the story that would establish it as a modern tale while likely retaining some of the thrill of the original. But that is just one of many projects for Flynn (and Fincher) and the author now suggests the Strangers on a Train remake is a ways off, at best. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, March 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
Following the great success of Gone Girl, writer Gillian Flynn is joining forces with another big-name director. Flynn has been set to work with 12 Years a Slave helmer Steve McQueen for an untitled heist thriller, which he will also direct. More on the Gillian Flynn Steve McQueen project after the jump. Read More »
When we saw the first poster for Dark Places, the adaptation of Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn‘s second novel, we wondered why a film that has been done for a while has remained so under the radar. It’s a Flynn adaptation for one, and stars Charlize Theron, with a cast that also features Nicholas Hoult, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks and Drea de Matteo. Now the first Dark Places trailer is out (thanks, France!), and we can see why this has been quiet: it looks like a far cry from Gone Girl. Read More »
Gillian Flynn was a star author before last year’s release of Gone Girl, directed by David Fincher. But that adaptation of Flynn’s novel elevated her name significantly. Not only did she script Gone Girl, but she and Fincher have teamed for an HBO remake of UK series Utopia, and for a new version of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. Her book Sharp Objects is also being adapted for television. And then there’s the Dark Places film, which stars Charlize Theron, and will be released in France this spring. Check out a poster for Dark Places below, which for many will be your first look at the film. Read More »
Whether you’re talking about the book or movie, Gone Girl has an deliciously infuriating ending. Author/screenwriter Gillian Flynn crafted a story about people you hate who are doomed to be attached to each other forever. There’s no happy ending here. No bow on top. And that’s part of what makes both versions of the story so great.
But this is the Internet era and no one is every satisfied. So Flynn was recently asked if we could ever expect a sequel to Gone Girl, and she didn’t say “No.” Read the Gone Girl sequel quotes. Read More »
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The team behind Gone Girl is going to give a modern twist to an old classic. Director David Fincher and star Ben Affleck are set to remake Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. However, this version will be updated and simply called Strangers. Gone Girl author / screenwriter Gillian Flynn is in talks to write the script.
The title and concept change makes sense, because honestly who travels by train anymore? Here’s the twist: it’s basically “Strangers on a Plane.” Affleck will play an Oscar contender whose private plane breaks down. He’s then forced to catch a ride with a mysterious, wealthy stranger. From there, you can imagine what murderous twists and turns might be inspired by the 1951 Hitchcock film. Read more about David Fincher Strangers below. Read More »
Charlie Rose is one of the few television personalities in the US that consistently does long-form interviews for artists and entertainment figures. When someone shows up on Rose’s show, you can reliably expect an in-depth conversation that will offer ideas that go much deeper than sound byte level. So having the cast and creators of Gone Girl on the show — author/screenwriter Gillian Flynn, director David Fincher, and stars Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck — is a great thing. This Charlie Rose Gone Girl talk is a half hour of in-depth conversation about the film and the personalities that created it. Read More »
David Fincher, author/screenwriter Gillian Flynn and the cast of Gone Girl have been all over the place in the past couple weeks to promote the film. They did a big panel at the New York Film Festival, and Fincher just did a Film Indepenent event in LA, and they’ve done various television press to get word out for the film. Now they’ve done a session at Cinemax for the “Max Final Cut” and the panel talk offers them the chance to talk seriously about the material and to drop some great anecdotes. There’s a very comfortable camaraderie here, which isn’t always in evidence in a full-cast interview. Read More »
More and more filmmakers are making the jump to work in television, where the stories that studios will never finance as mid-budget dramas can flourish as long-form narrative experiments. Cary Fukunaga and Steven Soderbergh have done significant work with True Detective and The Knick, respectively, for which each director took charge of the entire season, rather than just directing an episode or two.
David Fincher only occasionally sat in the director’s chair for a couple episodes of House of Cards, but he’s really taking the plunge with his next series. Utopia sees Fincher reunited with Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) as they adapt the UK series of the same name for HBO. (That’s the show about people who possess a text that supposedly predicts future disasters, and not the new Fox reality TV disaster.) This time, Fincher will direct every episode of the show’s first season.
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