'Gone Girl's Got A Premiere Date & It Is Prime Time For Awards Bait

Gone Girl is already pretty highly anticipated. David Fincher directing a literary phenomenon? Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Ben Affleck, and Rosamund Pike? Yeah, people are looking forward to this one. Which is why it isn't a huge surprise where Gone Girl 's release date landed — right smack in the middle of prime awards-bait season.

David Fincher is of course not exactly a newbie when it comes to awards season — dude's a Golden Globe winner, an Emmy nominee, and an Oscar nominee for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network.

The release date, which has been set for Oct. 3, 2014, shows a certain level of confidence in the critical performance of Gone Girl, as that period of fall (aka the one we're in right now) is prime time for movies trying to declare themselves in the running for awards glory (see: Gravity, 12 Years a Slave's moved-up limited release, Captain Phillips, etc). For reference: The Social Network was released Oct. 1, 2010.

Gone Girl, which is being adapted from Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel — screenplay by Flynn, directing by Fincher — is a thriller with the tagline "marriage can be a real killer." So prepare yourself for some potential spousal murder come 2014!