After thoroughly enjoying Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl I decided to check out the rest of her output to date. Her first novel, 2006's Sharp Object was a spiky treat but 2009's Dark Places just never grabbed me.
It lacks the twisted sense of humour of Gone Girl and never really gets into the story its trying to tell about a washed up woman trying to investigate the truth behind the murder of her entire family. So I can't say I was all that interested when I heard that the book was being adapted for the screen but a new medium means it could be improved upon, right?
Well Dark Places certainly has a decent cast, including Charlize Theron in the lead role as well as Chloe Moretz, Christina Hendricks, Nicholas Hoult and Corey Stoll. The film was written and directed byGilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah's Key, Pretty Things) and marks his second English language film. The first trailer is out and looks like this.
The film has had some trouble getting into cinemas - originally shot in 2013 it seemed like the filmmakers didn't quite know what to do with it as the massive marketing for Flynn's Gone Girl ramped up. A release close to the 2014 debut for Gone Girl would have made sense, or at least some marketing, but there was basically no word from anyone involved, despite the cache of Theron and Moretz.
The trailer doesn't fill me with confidence but it doesn't seem like a complete disaster either so you have to wonder what's causing the delays. And it doesn't look like the fairly glossy production is going to be earning back any money soon - it has a release planned for France in April and a few other European countries but no bigger international plans. Expect this to pop up on VOD someday.
Dark Places debuts in France on the 8th of April 2015.