Alright, sports fans, or more accurately, fans of Gillian Flynn’s immensely successful thriller Gone Girl, here’s the first look at the big-screen adaptation of the book. Directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, this is one of the most anticipated films of the year.
As always, film adaptations are tricky to judge. There’s the “THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTAH!” crowd; get your pitchforks and flaming torches ready, people. On the other hand, there are those who prefer to judge the books and films as related but separate works of art; in other words, less pitchfork-inclined.
Personally I have never been a Fincher fan. His works are typically calculated to the point where the end result is unfeeling, frequently twisted, and unhappy. But given Fincher’s success so far it’s clear there are many who like his particular style and vision, and from what we can see in this first teaser, Fincher fans are probably gonna love this one.
In Fincher’s favor is his track record with film adaptations. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011), The Social Network (2010), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Zodiac (2007), and Fight Club (1999) have all been generally well received by audiences and critics alike and garnered various film award nominations and wins. Word is already out that Gone Girl may potentially continue Fincher’s winning streak.
There’s no official opening date for Singapore yet, but you can expect to see it in cinemas in October this year. So that leaves us plenty of time to get familiar with Flynn’s novel as well as the other books that Fincher adapted into film. Check out the reading list below.
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (eBook available here)
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson (eBook available here)
- The Accidental Billionaires: Sex, Money, Betrayal and the Founding of Facebook (filmed as The Social Network) by Ben Mezrich (eBook available here)
- Zodiac by Robert Graysmith
- Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk