As a director, Ben Affleck is three-for-three, a perfect batting average that includes Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and a Best Picture Oscar for his last film, Argo. But he’s not above picking up pointers from his own directors. To that end, Affleck is in the midst of what might be considered a Ph.D. filmmaking class on the set of Gone Girl, David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel about a woman who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary. “I truly kind of show up with a notepad,” says Affleck, who plays Nick Dunne, the husband who is suspected of his wife’s murder. “He’s the only director I’ve worked with who I felt like could do everyone else’s job as well, if not better, than they could; who is able to articulate exactly what he was thinking; and who understands the technical side of the work as much as the creative side, which is to say, a lot. I’ve learned more from David in a day or two than I have most movies I’ve spent 80 days on.” READ FULL STORY
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Gone Girl, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller, has gotten an awards-ready release date from Fox: Oct. 3, 2014.
The film, which stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Tyler Perry, and Neil Patrick Harris and will be directed by David Fincher, centers on a man (Affleck) suspected of killing his wife and the media circus that surrounds the case. With lots of twists — not to mention narrators — it’ll be interesting to see how the tale is transferred to the big screen.
Currently, the only other release that weekend is Universal’s Dracula Untold, starring Luke Evans, according to Box Office Mojo.
Tyler Perry has joined the cast of Gone Girl, EW has confirmed.
Perry will play defense attorney Tanner Bolt, the man who reps Nick (Ben Affleck) after his wife disappears. Deadline, which first reported the news, also says Kim Dickens and Patrick Fugit are nearing deals to star as the detectives investigating Amy’s (Rosamund Pike) case. Neil Patrick Harris is currently in talks to play Amy’s old boyfriend, Desi Collings, EW has confirmed.
The David Fincher-directed thriller, based on Gillian Flynn’s popular novel of the same name, centers around the disappearance of Amy and the case against her prime-suspect husband, Nick. Reese Witherspoon optioned the novel in 2012 and is producing the film, which is set to begin production later this month.
Rosamund Pike, the former Bond Girl who recently starred in Jack Reacher opposite Tom Cruise, has been offered the starring role in David Fincher’s adaptation of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn’s best-selling thriller about a young wife who goes missing on her fifth anniversary. Sources close to the production confirmed the offer, and the Hollywood Reporter, which initially reported the news, claimed that Pike had won the role over several bigger-name actresses, including Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, and Emily Blunt.
Ben Affleck has already been cast as the cheating husband who is immediately suspected when his wife disappears without a trace. Reese Witherspoon optioned the novel in 2012 and is producing the film.
David Fincher, the man behind creepy procedurals Zodiac and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, might be turning his camera toward Gillian Flynn‘s blockbuster 2012 novel Gone Girl. According to Variety, the director is in early talks to tackle the project, which is being produced by Reese Witherspoon (no word yet on whether she’ll also appear in the film). Flynn’s dark mystery — about a husband dealing with his wife’s sudden disappearance — was one of 2012′s biggest (and best) novels. The author, a former Entertainment Weekly TV critic, is writing the screenplay. If Fincher does end up signing on the timing of the project is unclear, since the director is already reportedly attached to a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea movie and might still take on Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sequel The Girl Who Played With Fire.
David Fincher may be a big-name director, but that doesn’t mean his name alone can turn dream projects into reality. Take The Goon, Fincher and Blur Studio’s proposed animated adaptation of Eric Powell’s inventively manic Dark Horse comic series. Despite the creation of a three-minute “proof of concept” teaser that has been making the rounds on the Internet since 2010, Hollywood still hasn’t taken the bait. So that’s why the studio and The Social Network director are bypassing the traditional greenlighting process and going straight to the public. A Kickstarter campaign launched today aims to raise $400,000 in the next month to fund an extended story reel — “a complete look at the film’s potential” — that would be used to convince studios to pick up the film.
The comics are a winkingly over-the-top salmagundi of zombies, robots, monsters, and gangster archetypes, and follows the crackling and un-PG adventures of the hulking Goon and his quick-patter companion, Franky. Actors Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti, who lent their voices to the original pitch video, are set to reprise their roles. The Kickstarter page claims that while that video was well-received, more is required to sway the suits, considering it “isn’t a sequel or filled with dancing animals.”
Fincher also teamed up with Blur Studio’s Tim Miller and Jeff Fowler for this funny (and multi-targeted) launch video. READ FULL STORY
Harris Savides, the cinematographer behind some of the most visually striking films and music videos of the last 20 years, passed away today. He was 55.
A native New Yorker, Savides started out his career as a fashion photographer. Moving into music videos, he collaborated with director Mark Romanek on his iconic videos for Madonna’s “Rain” (for which Savides won a Video Music Award), Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer,” Michael and Janet Jackson’s “Scream,” and Fiona Apple’s ”Criminal” – giving each video its own sleek, burnished cinematic bearing.
Harris also worked on music videos and commercials with David Fincher and Gus Van Sant, a partnership that would continue into feature films, including Fincher’s The Game and Zodiac, and six movies with Van Sant: Finding Forrester, Gerry, Elephant, Last Days, Milk, and Restless. READ FULL STORY
The Girl Who Played With Fire, the sequel to last year’s David Fincher-directed The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, will not be in theaters late next year as had originally been hoped, a source close to the production tells EW. Dragon Tattoo screenwriter Steven Zaillian is still working on the script, and nothing will move forward until the screenplay is nailed down. While there’s still no director attached, Fincher remains the first choice and hasn’t ruled out returning. And despite the uncertain timetable, the film is still definitely moving forward, although the source says that they are not in a rush and at this point there is no information about when it might be released. In November, Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal told us that stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig were both locked in for the sequel.
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‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Blu-ray: Behind the scenes with David Fincher and Steve Zaillian — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' Blu-ray: Behind the scenes with David Fincher and Steve Zaillian -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
In case you decided against seeing David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in theaters because its bruise-black Scandinavian nihilism wasn’t quite the holiday pick-me-up you were looking for, the good news is it finally comes out on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow. But even if you have seen Daniel Craig inhabit the role of disgraced investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara’s harrowing, Oscar-nominated turn as the pierced cyber-sleuth Lisbeth Salander, you might want to check it out again on Blu-ray — if for no other reason than to take a deep dive in the disc’s four hours of extras.
In addition to an audio commentary with the exacting Fincher that you won’t want to miss, there are plenty of Millennium trilogy bits and bobs to keep you inside just as the weather’s getting nice again. Entertainment Weekly has two exclusive clips of what you can look forward to. READ FULL STORY
Oscars 2012 Behind the Scenes: How the hypnotizing 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' opening credits came to be
Each year, the Oscars recognize A-list talent we regularly see on-screen, on the red carpet, and in tabloids. But the Academy Awards also reward those who work behind the scenes: the writers, editors, costume designers, and others who help create trophy-worthy movie magic. This Oscars season, we’ll be toasting those off-screen artists by delving into the hidden secrets that helped create the on-screen magic that we — and the Academy — fell in love with. For more access backstage during this Oscars season, click here for EW.com’s Oscars Behind the Scenes coverage.
David Fincher is known for regularly delivering thought-provoking, stylish films that often stay with you for weeks, but the director is not given enough credit for his artistic touch on the opening credits for his films, which often play out like moody short films in and of themselves. Couldn’t sleep for a while thanks the chilling ending of Se7en? Those creepy, foreshadowing opening credits probably didn’t help you get a wink either. The manic opening for Fight Club set the stage for the cult favorite, while Zodiac‘s haunting puzzler made viewers inevitably go back for a second (or third… or fourth) look. And, this year, the Oscar-nominated adaptation The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo boasted an opening to join the pantheon of great Fincher credits.
EW spoke with Tim Miller, the Creative Director of Blur, the design studio responsible for those dark and thrilling Dragon Tattoo opening credits, on how Fincher approached him for the project, how the two-and-a-half-minute sequence was made, and why moviegoers have reacted to the sequence the way they have.
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