'Gone Girl' Author Wrote New Ending for David Fincher's Adaptation

January 9, 2014
Source: EW

Gone Girl

For anyone who read Gillian Flynn's thriller Gone Girl, and thought that the film adaptation from director David Fincher wouldn't have any surprises, think again. In the latest print issue of Entertainment Weekly (via The Film Stage), it's revealed that the author actually wrote an entirely new ending while adapting her own book into the screenplay. Speaking with EW, Flynn said, "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 writer hasn't read the book, so you'll get no speculation from me, but this is a cool update.

With Fincher at the helm, this was bound to be a must-see this year anyway. But for fans of the book who were excited to see Flynn's novel on the big screen, this means there's something new and captivating for everyone. Of course, as with every adaptation, there will be naysayers complaining that the book wasn't as good as the movie, or that the movie wasn't exactly like the book. But their complaints should be shunned now that Flynn is the one making the changes to the script from her own book. At the end of the day, movies will never be just like books and vice versa. Just watch the movie and enjoy it. Sound good?

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Reader Feedback - 6 Comments


That author should feel honored enough he [Fincher] wanted to film his novel. This should be magnificent!

DAVIDPD on Jan 9, 2014


Flynn is actually a woman.

Cinephile3 on Jan 9, 2014


Women authors? Next they'll want to vote!

mooreworthy on Jan 9, 2014


I poked around when I heard this was a book adaptation, and apparently there were some(not all) fans/readers of the book who seemed to be hoping that the ending would be changed/different for the would appear that they got their wish.

Chris Groves on Jan 10, 2014


Couldn't get thru the first third of the book, let alone the apparently bad last third. Still don't get why Fincher would want to this this thing. The book was just awful and with Affleck in the film? I'm sure to take a pass, but Fincher is always interesting so I'm wondering just what he is doing with what was to me, junk to begin with.

Guest on Jan 10, 2014


Rosamund Pike is hawt.

avconsumer2 on Jan 13, 2014

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