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First trailer for David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ debuts

- April 14th, 2014

David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling Gone Girl is shaping up to be one of the biggest movies of 2014. And before we see the finished product this October – complete with an ending different from the book – we’re getting our first look at the upcoming thriller.

Set to Elvis Costello’s She, the trailer hints at the book’s dark undercurrents, with Fincher’s trademark muted colour palette on full display. After all, it is about a woman (Amy, played by Rosamund Pike) who vanishes on her fifth wedding anniversary. Her husband (Nick, played by Ben Affleck) is the prime suspect.

Personally, I loved what Fincher did with Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, so I think he’s the perfect visionary to bring this toxic romance to the big screen.

Check out the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Watch: First footage from ‘Gone Girl’

- April 12th, 2014

Ahead of the premiere of the first trailer next week, we’re getting our first look at footage from David Fincher’s upcoming adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling thriller, Gone Girl.

It comes courtesy of a 20-second promo spot from Entertainment Tonight (via EW). It features Fincher’s hallmark muted visuals, and we hear Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne say convincingly: “I did not kill my wife. I am not a murderer.”

Dunne is suspected in the disappearance and murder of his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike), who vanishes on the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary.

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Flynn’s novel was one of the most twisted mysteries I’ve read in years. If you’ve read it, you’ll know that it has a unique narrative conceit; something Flynn plans on changing in her screenplay adaptation.

“There are certain things you might love in the book — like a dialogue exchange — that just can’t translate to a movie,” she said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Check it out below, and let us know what you think in the comments. And if you haven’t read Gone Girl, get to your local bookshop or run to the library now. You won’t put it down.

First photo of Ben Affleck in ‘Gone Girl’

- December 29th, 2013

Of course, everyone wants to know what Ben Affleck’s Batman will look like in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel.

But before that movie hits theatres in 2015, Affleck will star in the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller Gone Girl for director David Fincher.

That film is due out Oct. 3, 2014, and 20th Century Fox has released the first image of Affleck’s Nick Dunne character. The film revolves around a man who is suspected of killing his wife, Amy (played by Rosamund Pike), after she vanishes on their fifth wedding anniversary.

In case Fincher’s name isn’t enough of a hint, Flynn’s novel provides plenty of twists and turns, not to mention narrative voices. If you haven’t read it, I implore you to do so. No matter how solid your CSI skills are, I promise you the ending will throw you for a loop.

It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out on the big screen, but Fincher is one of my absolute favourite directors who never misses.

Here’s hoping we spot this one at TIFF ’14.

Ben Affleck reportedly signed to play Batman in multiple movies

- August 26th, 2013

One thing is for certain following last week’s big Batman announcement: Ben Affleck could be playing the Dark Knight for a long time.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Affleck has agreed to play the Caped Crusader in multiple movies, should sequels continue.

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Ryan Gosling, who was also considered, didn’t like the idea of committing to a number of sequels. Josh Brolin and True Blood’s Joe Manganiello were also possibilities.

Batfans reacted with anger following last week’s announcement with #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck taking over Twitter. But…I do think it’s fair to say that a lot of folks weren’t too thrilled with Heath Ledger’s casting as the Joker, and look how that turned out. Ditto RDJ as Iron Man, which was perhaps the most risky casting decision Marvel made given what that film meant to its overall big screen strategy.

Yes, Daredevil and Gigli weren’t great, but Affleck’s filmography over the past several years has been pretty impeccable. So I’m siding with Joss Whedon, who tweeted his support for Warner Bros’ choice.

“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne,” Snyder said in a statement published by Variety. “I can’t wait to work with him.”

Affleck begins work on Man of Steel 2 in February after he completes shooting Gone Girl for David Fincher. He’ll be shooting that film for the majority of next year, and then start work on his next directorial effort – an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Live By Night.

The sequel joins a crowded slate of films set to bow in 2015, including The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: Episode VII, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and Terminator 5.

Although some anger followed the surprise selection last week, THR reports that Affleck met with Snyder to discuss the part earlier this year before Man of Steel was even released.

And if you’re from Hogtown, you’ll be pleased to know that the Superman/Batman film will be shooting in Toronto.

Man of Steel 2 still hasn’t been officially titled, but it’s important to note that it will be a Superman sequel, so Batman will not be a focal point of the film.

It will be released July 17, 2015.

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Rosamund Pike cast in David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ adaptation

- July 26th, 2013
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Rosamund Pike has landed the lead part in David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller Gone Girl, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Pike was one of a number of actresses linked to the role since the film was announced earlier this year. The part of Amy – a woman who vanishes on her fifth wedding anniversary – was coveted by pretty much every actress in Hollywood. Some of the other stars who were rumoured to be in the running for the role included Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Emily Blunt and Olivia Wilde.

Pike, a veteran British actress, recently appeared in Jack Reacher opposite Tom Cruise.

Flynn wrote the screenplay and actress Reese Witherspoon is producing. Ben Affleck is set to play Amy’s husband Nick, who becomes the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance.

Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry are being considered for supporting roles.

As for Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sequel, The Wrap has reported that Sony may move ahead without the director. Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en) has been brought in to write the screenplay for the follow-up – The Girl Who Played with Fire – and they are keen to get cracking.

Fincher’s involvement with Gone Girl and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea may leave him too tied up to proceed with part two of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series.

Actor Daniel Craig, who played Mikael Blomkvist, is also busy readying his next James Bond movie.

Stay tuned for more on The Girl Who Played With Fire. And if you haven’t read it, Gone Girl is an unputdownable twisted thriller. I highly recommend it.