Based on the 2012 novel by Gillian Flynn, "Gone Girl" tells the story of Nick Dunne and the suspense comes from the fact that the audience is not sure through the novel whether Nick killed his wife Amy or not. The book used a very unreliable narrator, which should play perfectly into Fincher's filmmaking style.
Fincher used an extremely unreliable narrator in "Fight Club," a movie where a character only known as The Narrator meets a dangerous man named Tyler Durden and finds his life pulled into anarchy by this new figure in his life.
The first half of "Gone Girl" is told in first person from both Nick and Amy's points of view, as the police investigate his wife's disappearance and decide that Nick is the prime suspect in the case. In Nick's version, he is a meek man, seemingly incapable of violence but in Amy's he is dangerous and unpredictable, leaving the reader unsure of who is telling the truth. It is not until the second half that all the pieces start to come together.
Fox paid $1.5 million for the rights to the movie and author Gillian Flynn is writing the screenplay. "Gone Girl" was the second bestselling novel of 2012 following "Fifty Shades of Grey."
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.