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David Fincher May Direct 'Gone Girl' For Fox & Reese Witherspoon

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 22, 2013 2:44 PM
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So let's do a bit of recap: As you might remember, the studio put David Fincher on three-month hold last October, as they set about making a decision about the Jules Verne adaptation "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea." Certainly, there's been no word on the project since then, and while Fincher's name was bandied about for another, much higher profile Disney tentpole -- "Star Wars: Episode 7" -- it looks like the director potentially has something else in mind. 

Fincher is in talks to direct "Gone Girl" with Reese Witherspoon attached to produce. The actress picked up the rights to the novel by Gillian Flynn in a massive deal over the summer, and this looks like familiar territory for the director. The thriller tells the tale of a woman who disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, with all the evidence pointing to her husband. Here's the synopsis from Amazon:

Marriage can be a real killer.

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?

To be clear, there is no offer on the table yet, and Variety adds that 'Leagues' is still within the realm of possibility, though Fincher's desire to cast Brad Pitt, apparently fell through and didn't work out. "Gone Girl" is set up over at Fox, where Fincher made early films "Alien 3" and "Fight Club," but he hasn't returned there since. It sounds like the kind of material he could slam dunk, albeit perhaps more character- than concept-based than his past thrillers. So, we'll see.

Finally, in case you forgot, "The Girl Who Played With Fire," is still seemingly somewhere on Fincher's plate, but Sony has said it won't be arriving until 2014 at the earliest. And given Daniel Craig's Bond schedule, we'd reckon it'll be longer than that.

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  • Monika | January 31, 2013 2:55 PMReply

    Okay, I'm freaking out with the thought of Fincher directing one of my favorite books. He would be great. I think Reese would be good, too, but maybe since she's producing Charlize or Jessica Chastain?

  • Jamie | January 23, 2013 1:07 AMReply

    It's worth noting that Reese Witherspoon is attached as a producer, not the star. There is still a chance another actress altogether could land the role in the film.

  • kris | January 22, 2013 5:29 PMReply

    i guess am i the only one who thinks this project suitable for fincher?yeah i'm not big resee witherspoon fan but story looks not bad at all.when he decided to doing social network i remembered comments eventually he did great job with that movie.although im not big fan it,doing movies like panic room and tgwdt is great support for actresses.

  • BEF | January 22, 2013 5:56 PM

    True in re: actresses and my original feelings when The Social Network was announced, what magic he made from such a non-cinematic sounding story

  • alex | January 22, 2013 5:38 PM

    i agree. i don't mind reese, and it's a very well-reviewed book. could be good.

  • Duddi | January 22, 2013 3:49 PMReply

    Pfffff... i was kindda hoping that Fincher would direct that Captain Nemo movie with Pitt... Even if that project doesn't have a green light, i hope he does the sequel of The Girl With The Dragoon Tatoo... instead of these, which doesn't sound like Fincher thing

  • O | January 22, 2013 3:28 PMReply

    I really want Rachel McAdams to get the lead in this. She'd be perfect for it.

  • Peter | January 22, 2013 3:17 PMReply

    Considering Witherspoon is the female equivalent to Adam Sandler, please don't do it, Dave.

  • yOWDA | January 23, 2013 2:20 AM

    Let's just get it out there and say- in no universe, this one or the alternative one where Witherspoon-loonies exist (does she even have a hardcore fanbase anymore?)- would Witherspoon have proved to have the same chops that Amy Adams did in THE MASTER. Also, Adams owns Witherspoon in every acting decathlon. Witherspoon lucked out with the Oscar, but will likely never be nominated again. Adams continues to rack up noms and work with top directors and receive rave reviews. I do not want Witherspoon anywhere near Fincher.

  • PTA | January 22, 2013 9:10 PM

    @ BEF I believe Adam Sandler has worked PTA. You just got owned.

  • BEF | January 22, 2013 3:41 PM

    And this sounds like Fincher-lite .... I wish someone would let him make Rendezvous with Rama ... Megan? Can you save everything?

  • BEF | January 22, 2013 3:38 PM

    I don't think Adam Sandler is working with Jeff Nichols and Atom Egoyan these days; nor was he part of the original cast of The Master before funding fell apart the first go 'round. I'm not a fan (except "Election") but I think she's trying to switch gears.

  • jimmiescoffee | January 22, 2013 3:12 PMReply


  • Calvin | January 22, 2013 2:59 PMReply

    Sounds awful. Hope he doesn't do it.

  • Killer | January 22, 2013 11:07 PM

    Wrong. Sounds quality.

  • James | January 22, 2013 3:10 PM

    Agreed. Sounds pants. Don't do it Dave.

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