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Gillian Flynn film fest: First ‘Gone Girl,’ now ‘Dark Places’

Look for the Aug. 7 film version of Gillian Flynn’s “Dark Places,” starring Charlize Theron.
Look for the Aug. 7 film version of Gillian Flynn’s “Dark Places,” starring Charlize Theron.

Gillian Flynn’s “domestic noir” thriller “Gone Girl” was the hottest hit of 2012, ultimately spending more than 70 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and selling million of copies worldwide.

The macabre tale of a manipulative wife who sets up her cheating husband for her murder became a 2014 smash movie starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike (remember the box cutter scene?). See the trailer here.

 

Now Hollywood has reached back further to source another Flynn mystery, “Dark Places,” published in 2008. Libby Day was a child when her Satan-worshipping older brother murdered their mother and sisters — or so it appeared. A quarter-century later — with her brother still in prison — Libby connects with the off-the-grid Kill Club, a secretive bunch of “true crime obsessives” who want to investigate the Kansas Prairie Massacre and uncover what really may have happened.

Hmm. Could it have been Libby herself who....? Or is that too obvious?

The movie stars Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks, Nicholas Hoult and Corey Stoll, in theaters Aug. 7. Check out the trailer here.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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