Courtesy Entertainment Weekly
01/08/2014 at 03:00 PM EST
Call it a Dunne deal.
In a scene dreamt up (and photographed) by director David Fincher, Ben Affleck
and Rosamund Pike
grace the cover of Entertainment Weekly's 2014 preview issue
(on newsstands Friday) – as their Gone Girl
characters, Nick and Amy Dunne.
While it's not a film still from the adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling thriller, the ominous image teases this dark telling of love gone awry.
Nick and Amy are two unemployed magazine writers whose marriage falls apart once they depart New York City for Nick's native Missouri – but on the couple's fifth wedding anniversary, Amy vanishes and Nick becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance.
Soon, Nick is being eyed for murder, but it's unclear what's happened to Amy, keeping readers (and come fall, viewers) in suspense until the last moments of this twisted, two-sided tale.
As for Flynn – a former EW
writer herself – turning her story into a screenplay was as exciting as writing the novel itself.
"There was something thrilling about taking this piece of work that I’d spent about two years painstakingly putting together with all its eight million LEGO pieces and take a hammer to it and bash it apart and reassemble it into a movie,” she tells EW
also stars Neil Patrick Harris
, Tyler Perry, Missi Pyle and Casey Wilson
and comes to theaters Oct. 3.