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Movie 'Gone Girl' may film in Cape; David Fincher in talks to direct

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Director David Fincher arrives at the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala in Palm Springs, Calif. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011.
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Cape Girardeau appears to be the destination for the shooting of a major motion picture, one that could bring one of Hollywood's most renowned directors to town.

A location scout for 20th Century Fox was in Cape Girardeau recently, contacting building owners. The Southeast Missourian obtained the business card from a homeowner in the 200 block of Good Hope Street with the name of a "location manager" and the movie title, "Gone Girl."

When contacted by phone, the scout said he was not authorized to discuss the project with the media. He asked that his name not be made public.

After making inquiries to city officials, Convention and Visitors Bureau director Chuck Martin said he could not confirm that a movie was coming to Cape Girardeau, but said a major announcement was expected at the CVB on Tuesday.

"Between now and then," Martin said, "I expect details to be finalized that would allow me to comment definitively at that time whether a motion picture will be coming to Cape."

Tuesday's meeting, not a news conference but rather an informal gathering of select news media, will be at 3:30 p.m. at the CVB building, Martin said.

20th Century Fox's production of the film originates from the best-selling thriller novel "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn. Published in June 2012, the plot of the novel centers on the difficult marriage of writers Nick and Amy Dunne and whether Nick killed his wife on the couple's five-year anniversary.

The book topped The New York Times Hardcover Fiction Best Seller list for eight weeks, and spent 26 weeks on National Public Radio's hardcover fiction best-seller list. By the end of its first year in publication, "Gone Girl" had sold more than two million copies in print and digital editions, according to the book's publisher, Crown Publishing Group. The book is set in a Missouri town on the Mississippi River.

The film adaptation of "Gone Girl" is believed to include David Fincher, director of films such as "Fight Club," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Social Network" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." It has been reported on variety.com that Fincher is in talks to direct the film, and Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon is a co-producer, according to hollywoodreporter.com. Casting decisions on who will play the lead roles and other characters in the movie have yet to be announced.

Martin said motion picture companies, to receive state tax credits, must provide receipts after their project is completed.

The movie "Killshot," based on an Elmore Leonard novel and starring Thomas Jane, Diane Lane and Mickey Rourke, was partially filmed in Cape Girardeau in 2006. It went to DVD after a limited release, but drew large crowds of spectators during local filming.

Martin said "Killshot" produced a $750,000 impact on the city.

"The CVB looks at projects with a different eye," Martin said. "While we watch movies, it boils down to the impact in the short-term and the long-term. 'Killshot' was a great project for us to get our feet wet. And people around the industry have contacts and talk. And 'Killshot' probably benefited us for future projects."





Pertinent address:

200 block of Good Hope Street, Cape Girardeau, Mo.

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Are such productions subject to sales tax or some other town tax?

-- Posted by semowasp on Thu, Jul 11, 2013, at 7:12 AM

Sure hope whatever happens the movie is better than that mess of a bomb "Killshot".

-- Posted by bothedog on Thu, Jul 11, 2013, at 7:27 AM

There is nothing negative about this. Cape Girardeau can only benefit if this movie is filmed locally.

-- Posted by GREYWOLF on Thu, Jul 11, 2013, at 7:54 AM

you know, I thought Killshot was a pretty good movie, but I like movies like that. But with anything like this, they have got to be looking at other sites as well.

-- Posted by Beaker on Thu, Jul 11, 2013, at 8:07 AM

Good union jobs, with benefits.

-- Posted by VIKED on Thu, Jul 11, 2013, at 8:15 AM

more dog parks and the mayor's trolly system to no where.

-- Posted by Next Candidate for Mayor on Thu, Jul 11, 2013, at 10:06 AM

We don't really have any extremely attractive areas that would make one want to film around here, do we? I've often thought The Walking Dead should be filmed in Cairo though. The downtown would make a great setting...I sent in that suggestion.

-- Posted by Bahama on Thu, Jul 11, 2013, at 11:15 AM

Local Talent Hope the Beer Man gets in the Bar shot and man that wears no socks to church would be good Action

-- Posted by falcon2412 on Thu, Jul 11, 2013, at 12:13 PM

Have you read the book, Nails? The area featured is not exactly "attractive" in terms of fancy homes and buildings. The character's homes are often described as being some that we see around here in the older parts of town. Communities benefit when movies are filmed there. This is a good thing. The town the filmed "The Painted House" in got a nice makeover courtesy of the production company.

-- Posted by newaroundhere on Thu, Jul 11, 2013, at 1:14 PM

Man...It's amazing how uneducated and negative people always are regardless of the topic! Killshot wasn't a bad movie and this new/possible opportunity is a positive thing for the Cape Girardeau area. If you don't think so...you need to be medicated. Read the book before commenting on the movie being a fit for Cape Girardeau.

-- Posted by H U D on Thu, Jul 11, 2013, at 1:32 PM

This is exciting, and would be great for Cape! Embarrassed to say that I haven't read the book, but will now.

-- Posted by ZU on Thu, Jul 11, 2013, at 3:10 PM

I agree that there can be no negatives to choosing Cape Girardeau for filming this movie. As long as all permits are filled out and access is granted by property owners, what could be negative about it? We will get great press and it will money into the community. This has nothing to do with them filming Killshot here or the fact that the movie was on limited release and then went to DVD.

IMDB's website stated that they have looked at 3 different towns in Missouri, but neither of the other two were a fit. The Convention and Visitor's Bureau will be making an announcement on Tuesday. Also read on IMDB that Ben Affleck is in contract negotiations to play the part of the husband. Reece Witherspoon is listed as the producer, but not expected to be in a starring role.

-- Posted by tracy868 on Thu, Jul 11, 2013, at 5:14 PM

If they're going to film in the 200 block of Good Hope I don't think they're looking to paint a very pretty portrait of Cape. If you think that being used as movie site can't have a negative impact on a community I suggest you go over to Benton, Il. and ask them about the movie "Poor White Trash."

-- Posted by Data48 on Thu, Jul 11, 2013, at 8:31 PM


-- Posted by Long Shadow on Fri, Jul 12, 2013, at 10:45 AM

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