ByDave Conley, writer at
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"Gone Girl" the number one best seller from Gillian Flynn is being made into a movie directed by David Fincher. Reports are he does as many as 50 takes on any particular scene oh and it has Ben Affleck in it. To be honest I could care less. In my opinion Fincher hasn't had a good movie since "Fight Club". I mean "The Social Network" and Benjamin Button both put me to sleep and The original Swedish version of "The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo" was much better than his version. I also have to wonder if Affleck's acting is part of the reason he feels he has to do that many takes. It almost makes me feel bad for Gillian Flynn, but not too bad.

Born in Kansas, her mother taught reading and her father film, she definitely has the pedigree to create great stories. According to her website she had a good childhood. "She spent an inordinate amount of her youth nosing through books and watching movies. She has happy memories of having A Wrinkle in Time pried from her hands at the dinner table, and also of seeing Alien, Psycho and Bonnie and Clyde at a questionable age (like, seven)." Before she started writing novels she was a crime reporter (a job she claims she was too wimpy for). After that she happily wrote for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years. The last four years of which she was the TV critic.

I became a fan of Gillian Flynn when I read her debut novel "Sharp Objects" a haunting, tense page turner about reporter Camille Preaker a woman with a troubled past. seems she used to like to not only cut herself but to carve words into her skin. After a little time away in a psych hospital she gets better and eventually becomes a reporter. Then she gets the choice assignment of covering the murder of two pre teen girls in her old hometown. This book was so good but don't take my word for it Stephen King called it a relentlessly creepy Family saga and said "To say this is a terrific debut novel is really too mild"

The book I'm really excited about seeing brought to life though is her second novel "Dark Places" it is about a woman, Libby Day, whose family was brutally murdered in what the press dubbed “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She escapes and later testifies against her loner brother who happens to fit everyones favorite panic at the time (1985) Satanic ritual abuse. Cut to 25 years later and it's no wonder Libby says, "I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ." the trust fund set up for her is just about gone and people have long since moved on. She needs money so she ends up getting paid to go tell her story to a group of people known as "The Kill Club" Some of Whom still believe her brother is innocent. Well when she seeks out more stories to sell to these people, she begins to doubt her own testimony and finds herself running from a killer once again.

The other reason I can't wait to see this movie is because it's being directed by French director Gilles Paquet-Brenner. His 2011 adaptation of Tatiana de Rosnay’s internationally bestselling novel "Sarah’s Key", was one of the most heart wrenching films I've ever seen. If that movie doesn't at least make you pretend you have something in your eye (I was crying like a baby) then you have no soul. That's why I'm feeling good about him being able to bring this gritty, riveting thriller to the screen. "Dark Places" stars Charlize Theron and Chloë Grace Moretz. It's in post production right now and is scheduled for a September 2014 release.



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