David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ eyes awards season, Daniel Radcliffe’s ‘Frankenstein’ pushed back





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David Fincher’s highly anticipated thriller, Gone Girl, has been given a US theatrical release date, thanks to Twentieth Century Fox. The dark thriller will arrive in US cinemas on October 3rd 2014, perfect timing for the awards season.

Much has already been said about Fincher’s approach to Gone Girl, and it sounds like the director has more than a few tricks up his sleeve to give the audience something fresh and inventive to behold, and naturally releasing the film in October means it is ripe for awards season, and Oscar glory.

The cast of Gone Girl includes Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit and Carrie Coon.

Affleck and Pike will star as husband and wife, Nick and Amy Dunne, Perry as attorney Tanner Bolt, Dickens and Fugit as detectives and Coon as Affleck’s twin sister Margo.

The film is an adaptation of a story about a killer called Gone Girl, written by Gillian Flynn. Flynn wrote the first draft of the screenplay.

Synopsis for the novel, courtesy of  Amazon

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. TheChicago Tribune proclaimed that 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 and 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 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?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark 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.

 

Frankenstein

Another release date has been revealed today, and this one is a bit of a shuffle. Director Paul McGuigan’s adaptation of the Frankenstein story for Twentieth Century Fox has been pushed back. The as yet untitled film was originally due for release on October 17th 2014, but will now lands in US cinemas on January 16th 2015.

No reason was given, and moving a horror film away from the traditional October month is not a promising move. However, January has proved an extremely strong month for horror over the past few years.

Downtown Abbey actress Jessica Brown Findlay is the latest name to be added to Universal’s untitled Frankenstein horror. She will join Daniel Radcliffe (as Igor) and James McAvoy (as Victor Frankenstein).

Frankenstein is a new version of the story being developed by Fox, and originally the film had Shawn Levy directing. He has since left the project, and new director Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin, Push, Gangster Number 1) is now taking charge. The script has been written by Chronicle’s Max Landis, and will take a sci-fi approach to the Frankenstein story about a creature produced through a scientific experiment.

Igor, The Hunchback, is described as pathologically dirty and dressed in old clown’s clothing.

Igor (spelt Ygor) is not part of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, but comes from Universal’s own version of the story. He starts out in Son Of Frankenstein as a disabled blacksmith, and in Ghost Of Frankenstein has his brain transplanted into the monster.

Writer Landis has expressed an interest in exploring Igor’s character with this new film.

More as it happens…

 

Matt Wavish
About Matt Wavish 10125 Articles
A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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