After jumping into the film world with her adaptation of her own work with Gone Girl, it seems like Gillian Flynn will be moving forward with a project that has her working with one of the latest directors to take home an Oscar for Best Picture.
Deadline reported on Friday that Flynn is set to co-write a heist thriller with 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen attached to write and direct. The thriller is based on the 2002 British miniseries Widows, which was written by Prime Suspect‘s Lynda La Plante. That mini focused on a caper gone wrong, where four armed robbers get killed in a failed heist attempt and their widows team to finish the job.
Flynn has become a writer in demand after her screenwriting debut with Gone Girl. She is set to re-team her Gone Girl director, David Fincher, on the HBO series, Utopia, as well as a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train, which also brings back Ben Affleck.
McQueen has been quiet since winning the Best Picture award at the Oscars for 12 Years a Slave with his resume since then including a music video with Kanye West and a television movie titled Codes of Conduct that stars Helena Bonham Carter, Rebecca Hall, and Paul Dano.
It will be interesting to see if Flynn is able to establish herself in the film world since her first work was an adaptation of her own novel. But she is being given ample opportunities to show that she is more than just the author of Gone Girl and aligning with McQueen, who has been pushing out award worthy work since Hunger, is a move in the right direction.