January 12, 2015

GONE GIRL Author And Screenwriter Gillian Flynn Open To Sequel

When asked about at the possibility of a Gone Girl sequel by New York Daily News (via The Playlist) author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn gave a promising answer. She stated it could happen along as long as the "gang" is brought back for it.
"There could be a sequel at some point if everyone is game to get the gang back together, it could be really fun a few years from now to pick it up and see what those crazy Dunnes are up to a few years down the road and if they got on — not well I don’t think,"

The assumption would be that Flynn ends-up writing the screenplay for the film, I'm not sure if a book would be released in tandem. Director David Fincher and the cast would need to return as well for Gillian to get onboard with a sequel.

Gone Girl became one of the most profitable R-rated films of the year, second only to Sony's 22 Jump Street. On a budget of $61M the film eventually earned $365M worldwide. The film also has the honor of being David Fincher's highest grossing film to date.

This leads me to believe that 20th Century Fox would love to get everyone back for a sequel.

There is even awards buzz surrounding the film, we should know on Thursday if the film will indeed get some Oscar nominations. The Academy has a lot of love for Fincher's films and in my mind Rosamund Pike is a strong contender for a Best Actress nomination.

Ben Affleck is becoming increasingly busy these days post-Batman but I'm sure could squeeze this in. The film has done wonders for Affleck since it's one his best performances in ages. Sorry, Argo fans, "Argo fuck yourself". I'm frankly a bit more optimistic for future Affleck films after Gone Girl and sort to see Ben push himself a bit more from now on.

Carrie Coon, who plays Affleck's twin sister in the film would also be an essential necessity for it's sequel.The rest of the cast I assume could be easily convinced to return the only one I see becoming a hold-out would be Tyler Perry, although he was fantastic in the film and worth haggling with.

David Fincher on the other hand might be harder to wrangle than the cast. As the filmmaker has never made a sequel to any of his films. I'm sure there are a couple of films he'd like to return to and others he'd like to forget he was ever involved with. Alien 3 comes to mind as one he'd like to forget.

He's also had a bit of trouble in the past getting Sony to agree to make his The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo sequels.

Scripts for both The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest have been written but signs of production moving forward are scarce. While Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig are still contracted for the two films even though Sony has kept them in hiatus.

A couple of months ago, Fincher seemed a bit more optimistic about The Girl Who Played With Fire getting greenlit while speaking in Sweden via Film Divider. Giving the impression the film's script will be vastly different from it's Swedish counterpart starring Noomi Rapace.
"I think because it [Sony] already has spent millions of dollars on the rights and the script so it will result in something. The script that we now have a huge potential, I can reveal as much as it is extremely different from the book."

Oddly enough, another Gillian Flynn adaptation is coming to theatres in 2015 with Dark Places.

The thriller starring Charlize Theron focuses on family, murder and poverty. It should have some of the exact tone of Gone Girl if not darker and fans of the genre might want to keep an eye out for it.

X-Men Apocalypse casting hopefuls Chloe Mortez (Kick-Ass, Equalizer) and Tye Sheridan (Mud, Tree of Life) are also among the cast of Dark Places.


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