Suspense lovers weren’t the only ones desperately waiting for auteur David Fincher’s treatment of author Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” to grace the silver screen. Solons and civic leaders couldn’t be prouder of the film.
The buzzy Ben Affleck-led thriller — based on the 2012 beach read about one of the most disastrous couplings of all time — separated fans of doomed marriages from $38 million in discretionary income this past weekend.
Ticket sales are, of course, paramount to Hollywood.
But the powers that be here in Washington, D.C., and down in Cape Girardeau, Mo., where parts of the film were shot, are much more interested in the attention that comes with being associated with a highly anticipated feature.
“I am super excited that ‘Gone Girl’ was filmed in my congressional district,” Missouri Republican Jason Smith told HOH. “I hope that when people see the film, and how beautiful, unique, and historic the city is, they will come to Cape to see it in person.”
City officials are attempting to capitalize on this fortuitous close-up by cobbling together a self-guided driving tour spotlighting different filming locations.
“The production of GONE GIRL is a great example of the enduring impact that the production of movies and television have on local communities throughout the nation,” ex-Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, and current chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, hailed in an official press release. Per MPAA estimates, the production poured more than $7 million into the local economy and exposed 1,400-plus locals to movie magic, during the two-month shoot.
“Property improvements were made, university students benefited, extras experienced once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, and the air was electrified as celebrities were sighted on a regular basis,” Missouri state Rep. Kathryn Swan said in a statement.
Having already crossed the "The Maze Runner" off his to-do list — “It is definitely worth a look,” Smith shared. “But now that ‘Gone Girl’ is out folks should probably go see it first!” — the self-styled film buff is looking forward to supplementing his cinematic diet.
“I love to watch movies when I have extra time,” he said, ticking off “8 Seconds,” “Forrest Gump,” “The Goonies” and “The Patriot” as personal favorites.
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