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Producer: 'Gone Girl' filming here

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The parking lot next to Tipton Linen and Custom Matting on Independence Street is bustling with trucks, cars, vans and trailers for the 20th Century Fox film “Gone Girl” Monday afternoon.
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For the next five weeks, about half of the movie "Gone Girl" will be filmed in Cape Girardeau, a producer of the movie told the Southeast Missourian on Tuesday.

The filming begins Sunday.

Speaking for the first time to media about the Cape Girardeau location, producer Cean Chaffin said several locations inside and outside of Missouri were scouted, starting in April or May.

"As a place to be, [Cape Girardeau] is wonderful. As for filming locations, it's turned out to be exactly what we needed. In fact, we are shooting here more days than we planned on because it's working so well," Chaffin said.

Some A-list talent will work in Cape Girardeau. Chaffin confirmed Ben Affleck will portray male lead Nick Dunne; Rosamund Pike plays his wife Amy Dunne; Tyler Perry will play Tanner Bolt, Nick Dunne's lawyer; and Neil Patrick Harris will play Amy Dunne's ex-boyfriend Desi Collins.

Others actors in the film are Carrie Coon, a Chicago actress known for stage work; Kim Dickens, whose credits include movies such as "The Blind Side" and the remake of "Footloose"; and Patrick Fugit, who played the lead character, a young writer, in "Almost Famous."

The filming could disrupt traffic in various locations where filming will take place outdoors. Dozens of streets throughout the city will be closed or reduced in the next five weeks, according to permit requests. The Southeast Missourian obtained a list of the streets and closure times requested by the movie makers, but it is not publishing specifics at the request of the filming company, which "has a firm rule not to publicize the film as we're making it," Chaffin said. The company does not want to attract large crowds of onlookers. City and economic development officials also requested that the street closures not be released for fear that doing so would damage the city's chances at recruiting future filmmaking. A handful of significant arteries will be affected at some point, including Kingshighway, Sprigg Street and the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge.

After the filming in Cape Girardeau, the remainder of shooting will be done on stage sets in Los Angeles, Chaffin said. The film will be released sometime in 2014, Chaffin said.

20th Century Fox and New Regency are the producers of the film, which originates from the best-selling novel "Gone Girl" by Kansas City, Mo., native Gillian Flynn. Published in June 2012, the plot centers on the difficult marriage of writers Nick and Amy Dunne and whether Nick killed his wife on their five-year anniversary. The book partly is set in a fictitious town on the Mississippi River called North Carthage, Mo. There is a Missouri town called Carthage in the southwest part of the state, but it doesn't have a river running through it.

"We wanted to see what the author was writing about first. Then we looked at other states, as well, because of cost implications. We looked not only for cost, but for what the writer intended," she said.

Depending on their jobs, movie personnel have been coming to Cape Girardeau since April.

Local people will be hired as extras and some Southeast Missouri State University graduates will work on the production, Chaffin said. Each department hires its own people; some workers also are being recruited from St. Louis.

Cape Girardeau Police Department public information officer Darin Hickey said two patrol cars and "possibly others in the future, have been loaned to the movie production in the possibility that they would need to be used in filming."

The police department, Chaffin said, typically handles traffic control. Having shot movies in more congested cities such as New York, Los Angeles and London, she said organizing traffic control in Cape Girardeau was not difficult.

Commercial property at Independence Street and West End Boulevard is serving as a staging area for the film, and permit requests for use of public property and city streets have been filed with the city.



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Independence Street and West End Boulevard, Cape Girardeau, MO

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-- Posted by dfgt4554 on Wed, Sep 11, 2013, at 6:18 AM


-- Posted by mo55 on Wed, Sep 11, 2013, at 7:28 AM

I hope they all feel welcome around Cape Girardeau. It's a friendly city!

-- Posted by deal on Wed, Sep 11, 2013, at 8:49 AM

I always liked Rosamund Pike -- Pride and Prejudice AND a Bond girl.

-- Posted by TommyStix on Wed, Sep 11, 2013, at 8:55 AM

They were all at Muy Bueno last night.

-- Posted by leaky_pen on Wed, Sep 11, 2013, at 9:05 AM

I hope this goes well and that they are satisfied with the end product as well as the treatment they receive here. Wouldn't it be nice if Cape got some notoriety as a good place to film more movies??? And by the way, Muy Bueno has really good food so that was a good pick.

-- Posted by Catbert on Wed, Sep 11, 2013, at 11:25 AM

i hope people will be welcoming but still allow them to do their jobs without too much distraction from fans.

-- Posted by wuzthinking on Wed, Sep 11, 2013, at 11:43 AM

the lights of Cape Girardeau

-- Posted by falcon2412 on Wed, Sep 11, 2013, at 11:51 AM

I hope they tried the Julio sauce...

And I want to extend an invitation to the cast and crew to come out and enjoy the local scene on their time off. Come see some bands, hang out at the local spots. We're a friendly and somewhat entertaining bunch, if nothing else. :)

-- Posted by Iceburg on Wed, Sep 11, 2013, at 12:09 PM

WELCOME, please enjoy the hospitality and excitement because you are here, we are truly a unique little river town. Hopefully it won't be all work and no play and you get the chance to do a little exploring while here.

Take a hike at Trail of Tears, Garden of the Gods or Fern Cliff in IL, enjoy the wineries of Southern Illinois and SE Missouri, then plan to attend and enjoy live music at the gazebo on the court house lawn Friday night to enjoy Tunes at Twilight, take an hour or two off from work and come join us ~ it's a family affair, good music, a peaceful stress free evening, listening to the singer Jimmy Davis, while being able to watch the river flow, completely and totally anonymous while watching the locals on a Friday night.

Grab a lawn chair or blanket, bring a cooler with your favorite beverage and snacks, but please just come and enjoy some of our outstanding local talent. Thursday night the local legend Bruce Zimmerman and Jimmy Davis will play at Stooges in Jackson. You may never get the chance to see something like this again, because it is truly a unique opportunity and you may never be this way again. It will be an enjoyable opportunity for all and something you won't forget.

Thank you for choosing Cape Girardeau, it's truly a beautiful place to enjoy the quiet town and many historical sites. ENJOY!!!! Thank you for picking Cape for this wonderful opportunity to let us show you some down home hospitality.

-- Posted by Sunflower Girl on Wed, Sep 11, 2013, at 12:33 PM

Well said, Sunflower Girl! Although I'm sure I will growl a little when there is traffic ("traffic in Cape" is an oxymoron kinda anyway!)

-- Posted by ssnkemp on Wed, Sep 11, 2013, at 3:37 PM

I lived in Cape Girardeau from my birth; December 25th, 1927 until May of 1961, I still love the town and can vouch for it to be a great place to film a movie. Wish I was there to see some of it being done.

Joe D Whitright- "Blenny Man"

-- Posted by Blenny man on Wed, Sep 11, 2013, at 7:03 PM

Looks like they are filming on South Sprigg at the moment. Parts of the road are closed off... unless someone robbed a package store.

-- Posted by Tech_Dude on Thu, Sep 12, 2013, at 8:01 PM

I heard that big time safety manager from cape is gonna be in it and some other local politician. Glad they're using some locals! Very exciting for this area!

-- Posted by concernedforourcounty on Fri, Sep 13, 2013, at 10:09 AM

But how will the bible beating conservatives respond to having an openly gay actor (liberal?) in their midst!

-- Posted by cognitive77 on Tue, Sep 17, 2013, at 6:33 AM

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