In my earlier review of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, I predicted that the book would be one of the “It” mystery books of the summer, and it looks like that forecast was spot on. The book has been garnering positive reviews left, right, and center, and has been at the top of the bestseller lists for weeks. So it should come as no surprise that Gone Girl is one of the latest mystery books to be snapped up for a film adaptation.
The book, which centers around Nick and Amy, a young couple who relocate to the country from New York, is one of the best psychological mystery books on the market now. The mystery revolves around Amy’s disappearance on the couple’s fifth anniversary, and how Nick comes under suspicion for what could possibly be a kidnapping or a murder. As the book unfolds, it becomes apparent that the seemingly happily married couple wasn’t so happy after all.
20th Century Fox has forked out an undisclosed seven figure sum for the rights to adapt Gone Girl into a movie. Actress and producer Reese Witherspoon has agreed to produce the film adaptation. That’s big money and a big name, by any standards, and can only mean that it won’t be long before it hits the silver screens. What’s more, Flynn herself has agreed to write the screenplay. That’s more significant to the quality of the movie that you’d think since before she started penning mystery books, Flynn worked with Entertainment Weekly for ten years, first covering movies around the world, then working as the magazine’s resident TV critic. She is a self-professed movie geek.
If you’ve read Gillian Flynn’s mystery books, you’ll know that she has a penchant for characters who are not completely likable. That’s certainly true of Nick and Amy in Gone Girl, and any aspiring Hollywood A-lister is bound to be salivating for the chance to play the two lead roles. It’s months before they start casting for the film, but it’s not too early to dream up your own dream cast. RT Book Reviews thinks that Bradley Cooper might make a good Nick – charming but flawed and possibly a killer. Can you see him in the role? Who would you cast in the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel? Let us know!