David Fincher is in talks to direct a big screen adaptation of Gone Girl.
20th Century Fox recently bought the film rights to Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel about a woman who disappears on the morning of her fifth wedding anniversary, and the Oscar-nominated The Social Network director is now in line to helm the project.
The novel has garnered much buzz including positive reviews from critics and strong sales around the world, enough to catch the attention of Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon, whose production company bought the rights along with Fox.
Reese will produce the film while author Gillian will pen the first draft of the script.
Fincher is no stranger to adaptations with strong female characters; his last movie was the 2011 English-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo starring Rooney Mara in the sought-after role of Lisbeth Salander.
The director is currently developing Jules Verne's 20 000 Leagues Under the Sea for Disney.
Gone Girl, which is a New York Times Bestseller, follows Amy Dunne, whose secret life is uncovered through a series of diary entries after she vanishes on her fifth wedding anniversary and her husband, Nick, becomes a suspect in her disappearance. The book is structured with each chapter alternating between the point of view of husband and wife.
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