Ever since the 2012 release of Gone Girl — the runaway bestseller that sold millions of copies its first year and made author Gillian Flynn a household name — one question has been burning on the minds of devoted fans: When is the next Gillian Flynn new book project going to be revealed? Although Flynn released a spooky standalone novella in 2015, details about her next full-length novel have been hard to come by. Readers hoping to plunge immediately into another Gone Girl-style thriller have been forced to wait — but luckily, we think it will be worth it.
According to reports, Flynn is set to release a retelling of Hamlet in 2021 as part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project, which aims to have Shakespeare’s most noted works retold by bestselling contemporary authors. Distinguished writers like Margaret Atwood, Jo Nesbø, and Anne Tyler have all signed on to be part of the Hogarth Shakespeare project, which launched in 2016 to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Although details about this latest book are being kept under wraps, we can’t wait to see how Flynn takes on Hamlet‘s enduring story of power and betrayal.
That’s not the only writing project that Flynn has on the horizons. Back in 2015, Flynn stated that her next novel would be set in the American Midwest and would pay homage to Norman Mailer’s classic Pulitzer Prize winner, The Executioner’s Song. In 2015, she spoke to the Daily Mail about the project and the pressures of writing in the aftermath of Gone Girl’s phenomenal success:
“I’m writing a new novel – in fact I’ve written the first chapter in the past couple of weeks, but I know I can’t win. If it’s too much like Gone Girl I will get criticized and if it’s totally different then there will be people who are disappointed that it’s not enough like Gone Girl.”
In the same year, Flynn also gave more insight into her writing process, telling Glamour:
“I’m not trying to be coy about it, but with my books, I say what it’s going to be, and by the time I’m writing it, it’s not what I said it’s going to be. But [the idea] is a big, folkloric tale of a murder, and that idea that an act of violence can span time and lives. It’s in the same vein of The Executioner’s Song. I’ve been thinking about the idea for a year, and it’s amazing how much it’s taken over my thoughts now that I’ve had a little more calm and downtime. It jumps into your brain. Even when you’re giving your child a bath, your brain starts going to it.”
Since then, news about her next full-length novel has been sparse, but Flynn has kept busy in other ways. Her 2015 novella The Grownup — which was originally published in Rogues, a 2014 anthology edited by George R. R. Martin — went on to win the 2015 Edgar Award for Best Short Story. In 2016, Flynn sold the story rights to Universal Pictures for an undisclosed sum.
Following the success of Gone Girl, which was adapted for the big screen in 2014, Flynn’s delved into more film and television series with incredible results. Along with 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen, Flynn co-wrote the script for Widows, an upcoming female-led heist thriller based on a 1983 British miniseries about a group of women who commit armed robbery after their husbands are murdered. Set to be released in November 2018, Widows features an all-star cast, including Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Daniel Kaluuya, Andrè Holland, and other stars.
Flynn is also attached to executive produce HBO’s upcoming adaptation of her first novel, Sharp Objects, which began filming in March 2017. The limited-run series stars Amy Adams, and Wild filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée — who also recently directed HBO’s adaptation of Big Little Lies — is set to direct all eight episodes.
So while fans may be disappointed that Gillian Flynn’s new book seems years away from being released, at least there will be plenty of exciting new projects from her to tide us over while we wait.
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