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Oscar Bait? David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Sets Fall 2014 Release Date

by Kevin Jagernauth
October 15, 2013 3:59 PM
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Affleck, Gone Girl

With production in full swing on David Fincher's "Gone Girl," he's now got a release date target to hit (and plenty of time to make it), with 20th Century Fox now slating the thriller for a prime awards season bow. Or is it?

The studio has dated the movie to hit theaters on October 3, 2014 where it will face off against "Dracula Untold" (lol). And on the surface, it would seem Fox is taking a page from the playbook used for "The Social Network," which dropped on October 1, 2010 and went on to earn eight Oscar nominations, winning three for Best Score, Best Screenplay and Best Editing. So is that the plan? Maybe, or it could just be pulp counter-programming. Fox is also handling Ridley Scott's "The Counselor," which hits theaters next month, and right now, it doesn't seem like there is any awards season push with that one, with the marketing sticking solely to the stars and entertainment value, something further emphasized by its complete absence on the festival circuit.

Time will tell if the flick starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Carrie Coon, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris and one of the topless girls from that "Blurred Lines" video will surprise with some serious Oscar-worthy elements, or will simply be a ripping good yarn.

In other Fox release date news: "Frankenstein" has been pushed to January 16, 2015, while two movies with no details about them yet, "Son of God" and "Book of Life" have booked February 28, 2014 and October 17, 2014 dates, respectively. [Box Office Mojo]

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  • fanboyshrugged | October 19, 2013 6:06 PMReply

    So, the writer is convinced that it will either be Oscar material, or a "ripping good yarn"? Those are the only two options? I can think of a third, unspoken one.

  • Amy | October 18, 2013 1:35 AMReply

    Amy's not really missing, the twist is she's behind the whole thing.

  • SW | October 18, 2013 8:06 PM

    Could this be removed? No spoilers are necessary for this conversation.

  • ek | October 16, 2013 9:18 AMReply

    "and one of the topless girls from that "Blurred Lines" video" quite a demeaning and sexist remark from the always prickly bastard that is kevin jagernauth.

  • LB | October 16, 2013 10:17 AM

    She kind of did it herself, without any help from Kevin J.

  • M | October 15, 2013 11:50 PMReply

    I'm anticipating this one film, love Fincher's work! I can already tell this is going to be exhilarating!

  • oogle monster | October 15, 2013 4:47 PMReply

    Yes, Rosalind Pike needs an Oscar nom dammit! She's SO underrated.

  • oogle monster | October 15, 2013 4:48 PM


  • CC | October 15, 2013 4:33 PMReply

    That Son of God movie is actually from History's Bible miniseries, focusing on the Jesus part.

  • BobHoff | October 15, 2013 4:28 PMReply

    The Counselor actually hits theaters *this* month. October 25.

  • Dan | October 15, 2013 4:20 PMReply


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