After the huge success of David Fincher’s Gone Girl it was inevitable that Hollywood would be looking towards Gillian Flynn’s roster of similarly toned novels for screen adaptation. The latest, Dark Places, has foregone using Flynn to write the screenplay of her own text, but has once again sought to employ the use of an excellent cast in clear hopes of achieving similar levels of acclaim.
Charlize Theron stars as Libby Day, a survivor of a massacre that claimed the lives of her mother and her two sisters. Libby, when questioned by police, testified to her brother, Ben Day, as being the perpetrator of the crime.
Decades later, Libby, struggling to come to terms with the horrific event of her childhood, is contacted by Lyle Wirth (Nicholas Hoult) a self-confessed crime obsessive and amateur investigator, who along with an array of underground members, seek to rake over the facts of old crimes in the hopes of identifying the truth.
Whilst Gone Girl was certainly a dark text which managed to find a large audience, Dark Places, is for me, far darker tonally with a narrative that may not transfer so well to screen. I will be interested to see if the missing Flynn will prove detrimental to the success of the screenplay.