Calling all Gone Girl fans! If you loved Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel, you've no doubt heard there's a movie version in the works starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. (Along with a rather eclectic supporting cast, including Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens, and Emily Ratajkowski, AKA the Hot Girl from the "Blurred Lines" video.)
Whenever there's a film adaption of a super-popular book -- and Gone Girl was a publishing phenomenon, selling over two million copies in its first year alone -- it's inevitable that the casting and initial photos will stir up controversy. In this case, it's all about Affleck and Pike, and whether or not they were the right choice for this movie.
We won't truly know until Gone Girl hits theaters in October of 2014, but the Entertainment Weekly cover photo of Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in character as Nick and Amy Dunne is absolutely AMAZING.
The only image that had previously been released for the film came courtesy of 20th Century Fox's Twitter account at the end of December. Here's what they posted:
Director David Fincher got a lot more creative with the photograph he took for the latest Entertainment Weekly cover, though. Check out this super-creepy, can't-look-away image of Nick and Amy:
Man, I could not love this more. Her frozen wide-eyed stare, the whorls of her hair, her stiffened hands. The morgue instruments, the toe tag, Affleck's near-smothering embrace. BraVO, Mr. Fincher.
What's really interesting about the photo is that it feels like Fincher's sending a message to the book fans. For those of us who read the story and know how the twists and turns eventually conclude, it sounds like the film version will still dish out some surprises. Tellingly, Fincher says he learned a lesson while directing The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in 2011:
We may have been too beholden to the source material.
Gillian Flynn has also described writing the screenplay for the film:
There was something thrilling about taking this piece of work that I'd spent about two years painstakingly putting together with all its eight million LEGO pieces and take a hammer to it and bash it apart and reassemble it into a movie.
Good on her, because I think that sort of project would have driven me completely insane. But maybe it's better to control your own work and make sure it turns out the way you want instead of giving away the rights altogether and watching it get butchered. Like, for instance, almost every Stephen King movie ever made.
Anyway, with Flynn as the writer and Fincher as director, I am VERY excited about seeing this. Can't believe we have to wait until October!
Are you looking forward to seeing the film version of Gone Girl? What do you think about Ben Affleck as Nick?
Images via Twentieth Century Fox, Entertainment Weekly