‘Gone Girl’ adaptation to be filmed in Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Gillian Flynn’s best seller Gone Girl is set to receive a Hollywood makeover. It’s being reported that the film adaptation of the gripping psychological thriller will be helmed by David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) and may possibly snag Ben Affleck for the male lead.

The story takes place in the fictional setting of North Carthage, Missouri, but some very real locations in the area are being scouted. Cape Girardeau appears to fit all the film’s needs as far as size and proximity to the Mississippi River. As of now, it seems nothing is concrete, but a friend of a friend (I know, right?) is a location scout on the film, and Cape Girardeau looks a likely choice.

Other real places are utilized in Flynn’s novel including Hannibal and St. Louis. It’s unclear if 20th Century FOX will end up visiting these Missouri cities, but if Cape Girardaeu does get the green light, filming could start as early as late August.


  1. If “nothing is concrete,” why does the headline say “to be filmed in Cape Girardeau”? Most likely the scouts are looking for locations that can be reproduced in a state that actually offers a film tax credit and supports its film industry, unlike Missouri.


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