David Fincher to Direct Gone Girl?

Has Gone Girl found itself a director? It could be that David Fincher will pick up the project if his current film falls through.

Fincher has long been working on an adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and that’s still his priority. But Variety reports he’s in talks to direct Gone Girl in case 20,000 Leagues doesn’t end up happening.

Considering the success of Gone Girl, an adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel seems like more of a sure bet for both the studio and Fincher. Disney placed a three-month hold on Fincher in October to decide whether it wanted to move forward with 20,000 Leagues, so we’ll likely find out about Fincher’s official involvement with the film very soon.

Gone Girl has at least one major celebrity advocate in Hollywood: Reese Witherspoon. She acts as producer on the film and is also rumored to star in it, although that hasn’t been confirmed. She is a big supporter of Flynn, and has admitted many times to being obsessed with the novel.

“It’s just an incredible feat that Gillian was able to accomplish,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “You really can’t anticipate where it’s going, but it’s one of those books you can’t stop reading.”

Here’s the official synopsis for Gone Girl:

Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn, takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. As The Washington Post proclaimed, her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick Dunne’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick Dunne isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but hearing from Amy through flashbacks in her diary reveal the perky 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 left in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

Employing her trademark razor-sharp writing and assured psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

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