Gillian Flynn Wrote A Different Ending For The Gone Girl Movie

The best-selling author has tweaked the story for the film adaptation

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Fans of the novel Gone Girl might be in for a big surprise when the movie version is released later this year: author Gillian Flynn has rewritten the entire final act for the movie.

The film adaptation of the bestselling novel is directed by David Fincher, and stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as the toxic married couple Nick and Amy Dunne. It’s unclear just how the ending will differ on-screen, but Flynn—who wrote both the novel and the screenplay—hinted in an interview to Entertainment Weekly that the change is drastic. “Ben was so shocked by it,” Flynn told EW. “He would say, ‘This is a whole new third act! She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.’”

Depending on how readers interpreted the original, polarizing ending, the change could be welcome. For Flynn’s part, she apparently had no problem with changing her work. She told EW, “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.”

The film hits theaters on Oct. 3.

[Entertainment Weekly]


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I actually liked the ending strangely enough because I feel it provided closure for both characters. At face value, Nick and Amy are just wounded individuals who desperately want stability in their lives and yearn for the basic human need of response and affection. I hope that the change is not so drastic that it strays away from the novel. I'm sure Flynn has the best intentions for the movie but I hope she didn't alter it in order to appease the readers who didn't like the ending of the novel. All in all I'd like to see the film genuinely stay true to the novel.