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Gillian Flynn rewrote the entire ending for the big screen version of Gone Girl

Jan. 9, 2014by: Alex Maidy

With GONE GIRL a bona fide bestseller, fans of the novel have been anticipating the big screen version starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. With David Fincher at the helm, many were excited to get a faithful adaptation in the vein of Fincher's last film, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, author Gillian Flynn shared some news about changes the fans can expect in the movie version.

Flynn, who wrote the screenplay herself, decided to change the ending of the film to add some new twists and turns for the movie. Every movie features changes from the source material in one capacity or another, but it sounds like the changes to GONE GIRL are fairly substantial.

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.

GONE GIRL, which follows the mystery surrounding Nick and Amy Dunne and whether Nick may have had a hand in his wife's disappearance, was envisioned by Flynn as being directed by David Fincher from the get go. She also thinks the selection of Ben Affleck is spot on as well.

Ben knows inherently what that experience is like. He knows what its 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, Id like to have a beer with that guy.

There is little chance that GONE GIRL is going to be a bad movie, but just how good it will be depends on whether or not it will be something unique on the big screen. THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, while not lighting up the box office, was a well-made movie that suffered from being compared to not only the source novel but also the film version released just a few years prior. GONE GIRL, being adapted by the original novelist, and being given some fresh material, should certainly delight fans of the book and Fincher buffs alike.

GONE GIRL hits theaters on October 3, 2014.

Source: The Film Stage

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2:01PM on 01/10/2014

faithful in the vein of GWTDT

I didn't read Dragon Tattoo or see the original movie but I saw Fincher's and I think I remember news about him/them really changing up the ending to the movie or something right? so it couldn't be that faithful... and this seems in line with it. I don't know, either way I'm there for Affleck
I didn't read Dragon Tattoo or see the original movie but I saw Fincher's and I think I remember news about him/them really changing up the ending to the movie or something right? so it couldn't be that faithful... and this seems in line with it. I don't know, either way I'm there for Affleck
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3:03AM on 01/10/2014
Do us a favor and don't comment on box office. You do realize that 100mil for a 3 hour, R-rated, unflinchingly brutal serial killer detective yarn is pretty darn good, right?
Do us a favor and don't comment on box office. You do realize that 100mil for a 3 hour, R-rated, unflinchingly brutal serial killer detective yarn is pretty darn good, right?
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5:00PM on 01/09/2014

This sucks

I loved the ending to the book... it was what made it complete.
I loved the ending to the book... it was what made it complete.
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4:53PM on 01/09/2014
I found the ending realistic and believable. But I still look forward to the alterations.

By the way, what did Flynn mean by this quote?
"Ben knows inherently what that experience is like. He knows what its like to be hunted."
I found the ending realistic and believable. But I still look forward to the alterations.

By the way, what did Flynn mean by this quote?
"Ben knows inherently what that experience is like. He knows what its like to be hunted."
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5:14PM on 01/09/2014
While not as dramatic as Nick's situation, Ben, like Nick, had been a target from the news media outlets. The press really goes after Nick in this film
While not as dramatic as Nick's situation, Ben, like Nick, had been a target from the news media outlets. The press really goes after Nick in this film
5:41PM on 01/09/2014
oh right, thanks!
oh right, thanks!
4:23PM on 01/09/2014
I found the ending anti-climatic.

Can't wait to see it in Fincher's hands!
I found the ending anti-climatic.

Can't wait to see it in Fincher's hands!
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4:57PM on 01/09/2014
Anti-climactic and depressing because someone doesn't get what's coming to them.
Anti-climactic and depressing because someone doesn't get what's coming to them.
3:18PM on 01/09/2014
I trust Fincher and Affleck in knowing what they're doing. They're both two incredibly talented people and I can't wait to see the final product.
I trust Fincher and Affleck in knowing what they're doing. They're both two incredibly talented people and I can't wait to see the final product.
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3:14PM on 01/09/2014

Agree with KyleG

It would be one thing if Flynn hadn't written the screenplay, but she has and Fincher has already been quoted for regretting being too bound by the book when he did TGWTDT. I'm hoping the ending is more tragic, but equally as fucked up as the book.
It would be one thing if Flynn hadn't written the screenplay, but she has and Fincher has already been quoted for regretting being too bound by the book when he did TGWTDT. I'm hoping the ending is more tragic, but equally as fucked up as the book.
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2:51PM on 01/09/2014

Why do studios keep doing this

Maybe the new ending is great. IDK. Shoot, it worked for Watchmen in a different capacity. But just because a book or comic is popular doesn't mean it needs to be changed in adaptation to keep the surprises surprising. The change in Dragon Tattoo was stupid. The radical differences in The Walking Dead are insufferable. Just give the fans a true adaptation of their beloved literary art... is that so difficult?
Maybe the new ending is great. IDK. Shoot, it worked for Watchmen in a different capacity. But just because a book or comic is popular doesn't mean it needs to be changed in adaptation to keep the surprises surprising. The change in Dragon Tattoo was stupid. The radical differences in The Walking Dead are insufferable. Just give the fans a true adaptation of their beloved literary art... is that so difficult?
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3:02PM on 01/09/2014
what do you mean "why do studios keep doing this"? yes in most cases its the studios doing this, but it clearly states that Flynn, who wrote the screenplay herself, decided to change the ending of the film

And I'm guessing you haven't read the book, its excellent, but the ending/3rd act is a little weak...I'm excited for this
what do you mean "why do studios keep doing this"? yes in most cases its the studios doing this, but it clearly states that Flynn, who wrote the screenplay herself, decided to change the ending of the film

And I'm guessing you haven't read the book, its excellent, but the ending/3rd act is a little weak...I'm excited for this
3:58PM on 01/09/2014
Guess you didn't read the bit where the original author changed the final 3rd on her own volition.
Guess you didn't read the bit where the original author changed the final 3rd on her own volition.
4:38PM on 01/09/2014
Sorry to have used the incorrect term in my response. Whether it's the author or a studio decision or whatever, it's the same end result. But you are right, I should have been more clear in my hasty reaction.
Sorry to have used the incorrect term in my response. Whether it's the author or a studio decision or whatever, it's the same end result. But you are right, I should have been more clear in my hasty reaction.
3:04AM on 01/10/2014
If it's the author making the change then you shouldn't give a fuck. It's her story.
If it's the author making the change then you shouldn't give a fuck. It's her story.
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