Three months and one haunting trailer after we first hear rumors that Se7en director David Fincher would completely change the ending to his movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, Flynn is now assuring readers that the new ending is not too different.
So Gone Girl puritans can breathe easy!
Although she had written an entirely different ending for the upcoming movie adaptation starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, Gillian Flynn revealed in a recent interview that reports of a dramatically different story ending "have been greatly exaggerated!" The author also went on to add:
Of course, the script has to be different from the book in some ways - you have to find a way to externalize all those internal thoughts and you have to do more with less room.
But the mood, tone and spirit of the book are very much intact. I've been very involved in the film and loved it. Working with David Fincher is pretty much the best place to start for a screenwriter.
From the book's synopsis:
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
As a massive fan of the book and a fan of its ending, I'll say that I believe its mood and meaning are much more important than the actual events of the book. Therefore, if Flynn says that "the mood, tone and spirit" of the book are intact in the film, I trust her. Consider my interest officially piqued!
What do you guys think? Have Flynn and Fincher got this one under control? If you're yet to see the first full trailer, check it out now and drop your initial thoughts below!
Gone Girl arrives in theaters on October 3, 2014.