UnREAL creator and former Mad Men writer Marti Noxon has been developing a series based on Gillian Flynn’s debut novel, Sharp Objects, for a couple of years now. But the project only really began to pick up steam recently as Amy Adams signed on to headline the series with Demolition director Jean-Marc Vallee attached to helm. Although previously speculated that the series could end up joining UnREAL on Lifetime, HBO has officially secured the television rights, adding a little extra prestige to the equation.
Following the success of David Fincher’s acclaimed Gone Girl adaptation, the long-developing series based on Gillian Flynn’s first novel, Sharp Objects, is finally picking up some steam with unREAL co-creator Marti Noxon as showrunner. Not only has Noxon found her leading lady in Amy Adams, but she’s also tapped Wild director Jean-Marc Vallee to helm, with Jason Blum of Blumhouse producing and Flynn herself on board to write. That’s quite the killer lineup.
After a reportedly intense 24-hour bidding war, Universal has secured the rights to the next feature film based on a story by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. But unlike Gone Girl, the author’s latest effort is a short story, which makes the bidding war even more interesting — although it’s not that curious since Gone Girl turned out to be such a huge hit (the less said about the mediocre adaptation of Flynn’s Dark Places, the better). The new story is titled The Grownup, and it’s available on Amazon if you just can’t wait for Universal’s adaptation to hit theaters, or if you’ve been jonesing to read some new Flynn.
A few weeks ago, David Fincher seemed to drum up trouble with HBO, as the future of both his music comedy Video Synchronicity and U.K.-adapted Gillian Flynn collaboration Utopia came into doubt. Now, Utopia has officially been shelved at the network, simultaneously revealing its cast of Rooney Mara, Colm Feore and more.
We weren’t terribly broken up to learn that David Fincher’s ‘80s music comedy Video Synchronicity had halted production, though those angling for his and Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn’s take on U.K. series Utopia, complete with Rooney Mara in the lead, may be in for some bad news. Neither may happen now, as HBO may not see eye to eye with Fincher anymore
Earlier this year, it was announced that the Gone Girl team of David Fincher, author / screenwriter Gillian Flynn and Ben Affleck would be combining their forces once again for a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. The remake would offer a bit of a twist on the original, and it sounded like a very exciting project. You shouldn’t get too excited, though, because according to Flynn it’s going to be a while before this one happens.
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything from the front of Gone Girl pair David Fincher and Gillian Flynn’s Utopia adaptation at HBO, but with Fincher’s Video Synchronicity seemingly on ice, Utopia may again rise. And what better way to get things moving, than reuniting with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara?
Now here’s some absolutely heavenly news: we heard a while back that one of Steve McQueen’s upcoming projects is a big screen remake of the BBC miniseries Widows, about a group of women performing a major heist. While that project already sounds great on its own, it just got a little more exciting with the addition of Gone Girl author/screenwiter Gillian Flynn, who knows a thing or two about edgy, female-driven stories.
When David Fincher’s Gone Girl became an overnight critical and box office sensation, you just know that everyone involved in Dark Places did a little dance when no one was looking. When they started production on the film adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name, they were just making a thriller. Now, they’ve made the second movie based on a book by the woman who wrote Gone Girl. And yes, that book gets name-dropped in the first Dark Places trailer. Because why not ride that wave?
Google “Gone Girl” and “Hitchcockian” and you get 37,400 results. (37,401, once this piece goes up.) Critics and viewers hailed David Fincher’s adaptation of author (and screenwriter) Gillian Flynn’s domestic drama as a superb modern version of an old-school thriller by the Master of Suspense. Whether that was Fincher and Flynn’s goal all along, or simply an interesting byproduct of their work, it’s interesting in light of today’s news that Fincher and Flynn are looking to reteam—along with their ‘Gone Girl’ star, Ben Affleck—on a remake of one of Hitchcock’s most beloved films, 1951’s ‘Strangers on a Train.’