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Ben Affleck will star in David Fincher's adaptation of the bestselling novel Gone Girl

Jul. 11, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Just the other day I was wondering when we would get news on David Fincher's next project. Would it be 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA or something else? Turns out it will be an adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel GONE GIRL which Fincher has been developing at Fox for months. But, not only is the movie officially moving forward as Fincher's next film but he has a leading man as well.

In advance of his next directing gig, the adaptation of the novel LIVE BY NIGHT, Ben Affleck will step in front of the camera for Fincher's GONE GIRL. Warner Bros. is allowing Affleck to slightly delay LIVE BY NIGHT to accomodate GONE GIRL, which will be produced by Reese Witherspoon. Witherspoon is not going to star in the film at this point, but the story hinges on the lead female role. Here is the synopsis:

On the day of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick's wife Amy disappears. There are signs of struggle in the house and Nick quickly becomes the prime suspect. It doesn't help that Nick hasn't been completely honest with the police and, as Amy's case drags out for weeks, more and more vilifying evidence appears against him. Nick, however, maintains his innocence. Told from alternating points of view between Nick and Amy, Gillian Flynn creates an untrustworthy world that changes chapter-to-chapter. Calling Gone Girl a psychological thriller is an understatement. As revelation after revelation unfolds, it becomes clear that the truth does not exist in the middle of Nick and Amy's points of view; in fact, the truth is far more dark, more twisted, and more creepy than you can imagine.

GONE GIRL will begin shooting in the Fall and Affleck plans to have LIVE BY NIGHT finished by the end of 2014. Deadline is even hearing that WB is so keen to maintain a long and fruitful relationship with Affleck that they had no problem letting him work with Fincher at Fox on a project they have zero stake in. Somewhat shocking to hear that coming from a Hollywood studio, but nice to know creativity trumps money some of the time.

While this doesn't bury a sequel to THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, it certainly doesn't make the odds likely that it will be directed by David Fincher. GONE GIRL is a brilliant novel and if Fincher sets the tone along the lines of THE GAME, we will be in for a big treat.

Source: Deadline

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12:22PM on 07/12/2013
Sounds cool, but I want The Girl Who Played With Fire
Sounds cool, but I want The Girl Who Played With Fire
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10:22PM on 07/11/2013

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Affleck was the BOMB in "Phantoms!!!"

Rumor has it that this movie is going to be shot in my neck of the woods. I don't think it's 100% confirmed, but it was in one of the local newspaper. I'm excited for the movie either way.
Affleck was the BOMB in "Phantoms!!!"

Rumor has it that this movie is going to be shot in my neck of the woods. I don't think it's 100% confirmed, but it was in one of the local newspaper. I'm excited for the movie either way.
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7:00PM on 07/11/2013
Any time time Fincher has got a new picture coming out its good news for me, Afflecks been on a role lately so it will make for an interesting combo. With that said a bit bummed 20,000 Leagues has stalled, was into him doing something big budget and out of his wheel house but regardless looking forward to this.
Any time time Fincher has got a new picture coming out its good news for me, Afflecks been on a role lately so it will make for an interesting combo. With that said a bit bummed 20,000 Leagues has stalled, was into him doing something big budget and out of his wheel house but regardless looking forward to this.
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5:48PM on 07/11/2013
So,fincher wants to get credit for making a good actor out of Ben.not much interested in fincher's another suspense/mystery dark film.fincher must be thinking himself as modern Hitchcock
So,fincher wants to get credit for making a good actor out of Ben.not much interested in fincher's another suspense/mystery dark film.fincher must be thinking himself as modern Hitchcock
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5:26PM on 07/11/2013

Fincher will wear his ass down

I can tell you right now we're going to get a good/great performance from Ben. Fincher will bring Ben to such a raw and emotional place because of his style of directing. It may take 59 takes it may take 80 takes but he's going to strip him bare. Can't wait to see Ben's performance.

PS. I hope Fix is leaving him alone and the executives piss off.
I can tell you right now we're going to get a good/great performance from Ben. Fincher will bring Ben to such a raw and emotional place because of his style of directing. It may take 59 takes it may take 80 takes but he's going to strip him bare. Can't wait to see Ben's performance.

PS. I hope Fix is leaving him alone and the executives piss off.
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4:57PM on 07/11/2013
Ben Affleck is good at playing [link] types. With Fincher at the helm I'm almost guaranteed it won't be dull. But I'm going to wait untill more develops before I start anticipating greatness.
Ben Affleck is good at playing [link] types. With Fincher at the helm I'm almost guaranteed it won't be dull. But I'm going to wait untill more develops before I start anticipating greatness.
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4:43PM on 07/11/2013

hmmm

this sounds interesting as all hell. I hope it turns out that way.
this sounds interesting as all hell. I hope it turns out that way.
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4:09PM on 07/11/2013

yawn...

When are we going to get another genre pic from Fincher. Sorry, this just seems like "same old, same old".
I'm bored already.
When are we going to get another genre pic from Fincher. Sorry, this just seems like "same old, same old".
I'm bored already.
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4:08PM on 07/11/2013

yawn...

When are we going to get another genre pic from Fincher. Sorry, this just seems like "same old, same old".
I'm bored already.
When are we going to get another genre pic from Fincher. Sorry, this just seems like "same old, same old".
I'm bored already.
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3:27PM on 07/11/2013
Fincher is one of my all time favorite directors and I have been a fan of Affleck since Good Will Hunting so this news is very exciting.
Fincher is one of my all time favorite directors and I have been a fan of Affleck since Good Will Hunting so this news is very exciting.
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3:09PM on 07/11/2013
Great pairing for what should be an excellent film.
Great pairing for what should be an excellent film.
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3:05PM on 07/11/2013
How do ya like dem apples?
How do ya like dem apples?
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2:26PM on 07/11/2013

Hard to believe...

that just a few short years ago Ben Affleck was considered a punch-line, and now he's one of the biggest, most sought after and respected actor/directors in Hollywood. Good for him, and can't wait to see what his pairing with Fincher produces.
that just a few short years ago Ben Affleck was considered a punch-line, and now he's one of the biggest, most sought after and respected actor/directors in Hollywood. Good for him, and can't wait to see what his pairing with Fincher produces.
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2:23PM on 07/11/2013

Great book

So glad Fincher's the one directing it.
So glad Fincher's the one directing it.
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