Want a nailbiting, edge-of-your-seat thriller perfect for those crisp autumn nights? David Fincher is your man. From Se7en to Zodiac he has proved he can crank up the tension to almost unbearable levels, and he knows exactly how to treat Gillian Flynn’s potboiler book. When the flaws and cracks start to appear it’s more Flynn’s fault than Fincher’s – she adapted her own screenplay so has no-one else to blame when the plot starts to develop holes bigger than a sponge. It’s been portrayed as the struggle between men and women, but actually it’s more subtle than that, and hits its stride when it is a look at the American class system. [Read more…]
David Fincher’s is gearing up to shoot his adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel Gone Girl, and he’s busy filling out the cast, with Deadline reporting that Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit and Carrie Coon are all set to join the movie.
The film is about the husband (Ben Affleck) of a woman (Rosamund Pike) who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary. Inevitably the hubby becomes the primary suspect in her mysterious disappearance. Initially the wife seems like a pretty average person, but things change as we learn more about her and her husband’s relationship.
It’ll be interesting to see how the film works, as the novel alternates between the husband after the disappearance and the wife’s diary of their crumbling marriage. Presumably this idea will be folded into the movie somehow.
Neil Patrick Harris is near a deal to play Desi Collins, the wife’s former boyfriend, whose creepy behaviour when they when together makes him a suspect. Tyler Perry will be Tanner Bolt, the attorney who ends up representing Affleck’s character. Dickens and Fugit will play the lead detectives who investigate the case, while Coon will play Affleck’s character’s twin sister, Go.
The movie shoots this autumn, with a release towards the end of next year expected.
We’ve rather missed out on Tyler Perry here in the UK. While his self-written and directed movies have proved big hits amongst African-American audiences in the US and turned him into a multi-millionaire, many of his films never got cinemas releases in Britain. Some did get belated DVD releases, but a few have never come out here at all. Alex Cross is Perry’s attempt to segue over into the worldwide mainstream cinema success, as well as being the first film to have him in the lead that he didn’t also write and helm himself (he did pop up in a small role in Star Trek though). [Read more…]
James Patterson’s detective Alex Cross has already hit cinemas in the form of Morgan Freeman in Kiss The Girls and Along Came A Spider, but now he’s returning with Tyler Perry taking on the role in Alex Cross. After Washington DC detective Alex Cross is told that a family member has been murdered, he vows to track down the killer. He soon discovers that she was not his first victim and that things are not what they seem. As the trailer shows, it sets off a bit of a showdown with Matthew Fox’s scary bad guy.
Tyler Perry has built an empire for himself starring, directing and writing movies that are extremely popular in African American community, but made outside the Hollywood system. However now he’s trying to expand his appeal by starring in someone else’s film, Alex Cross, based on James Patterson novel, I Alex Cross.
The character has already had a couple of screen appearances, with Morgan Freeman as the detective in Kiss The Girls and Along Came A Spider, but if these images are anything to go by, Rob Cohen’s new film is a llot grittier. You can see the first pics above and below – which include a barely recognisable and psychotic looking Matthew Fox. The film will hit cinemas this October.
Here’s the synopsis of the book: ‘Can Alex Cross survive his most chilling – and personal – case ever? Pulled out of a family celebration, Detective Alex Cross gets awful news: A beloved relative has been found brutally murdered. Vowing to catch the killer, he quickly learns that she was mixed up in one of Washington, D.C.’s wildest scenes. And she was not this killer’s only victim . . . The hunt for the murderer leads Alex and his girlfriend, Detective Brianna Stone, to a place where every fantasy is possible, if you have the credentials to get in. Soon they confront some very important, very protected, and very dangerous people who will do anything to keep their secrets safe. As Alex closes in on the killer, he discovers evidence that points to the unimaginable – a revelation that could rock the entire world.’ (Images via Kinopoisk)