David Fincher’s GONE GIRL Adaptation Has A Different Third Act

     January 9, 2014


After making his first foray into directing television last year with House of Cards, David Fincher is back with a brand new feature film in 2014.  The filmmaker’s latest effort is an adaptation of the dark Gillian Flynn novel Gone Girl, which revolves around a man whose wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, only to have all roads point to him as her killer.  Fincher enlisted Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike to play his two leads, Nick and Amy Dunne, and Flynn wrote the screenplay herself, adapting her own novel.  The book has plenty of twists and turns as the central mystery begins to unfold, but now word comes that Flynn has significantly reworked the ending to her book for the film, so much so that the third act of Fincher’s Gone Girl will be entirely different.

Hit the jump for more, including the director’s thoughts on casting Affleck and Pike.  Gone Girl opens October 3rd.

gone-girl-ew-coverAs we saw yesterday, Gone Girl graces the cover of the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, and in speaking with the magazine (via The Film Stage) Flynn revealed that there are some big changes in her book-to-screen adaptation:

“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… Ben [Affleck] was so shocked by it. He would say, ‘This is a whole new third act! She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.’”

This may come as welcome news to some, as Flynn’s novel is indeed one hell of a page-turner but not everyone was thrilled with the book’s conclusion.  As for the casting of the film, Fincher thought Affleck would be the perfect choice to play the dubious protagonist Nick Dunne:

“Ben knows inherently what that experience is like. He knows what it’s like to be hunted. You have to wonder if Nick did horrible things to his wife, and you have to see him do some really not good things, but at the same time you have to able to say, ‘I’d like to have a beer with that guy.’”

With regards to filling the role of Nick’s wife Amy, Fincher had this to say about Rosamund Pike:

“Falling in love with Amy is like a chemical high injected right into your veins. And that needle can inject something toxic as well. [Playing] Amy gives you a sense of feeling completely uncaged. As an actress, I had a sense there are no rules about what a woman has to be.”

Gone Girl is a twisted relationship drama at its core, so as a fan of the book I’m excited to see Fincher take this material and run with it—especially with a new ending.  Pick up the latest issue of EW for more on the adaptation.


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