There are very few films I’m looking forward to this year as much as Gone Girl. Not only am I a huge fan of director David Fincher, I love the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name. The film stars Ben Affleck as a man who becomes the lead suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary. Fincher made a big splash earlier this year when he claimed that the ending had been completely changed, stating that he had “started from scratch.” This upset some die-hard fans of the book (Flynn has subsequently stated that the rumors were exaggerated), but I think we’re in good hands regardless of whether or not it has been changed. Not only is Fincher a genius, but Flynn herself wrote the screenplay. I’m sure whatever happens is true to her vision.
Today Fincher hilariously (and probably intentionally) confused the situation by offering a further “clarification.” Hit the jump for his new comments on the Gone Girl ending and click here for the trailer. Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Scoot McNairy, Missi Pyle, Casey Wilson, Emily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris also star. 20th Century Fox releases the film on October 3rd.
Since then, he’s had to contend with fan outrage over that comment and says we took his quote out of context. (We disagree.) So let’s clear this up now: What has been changed from page to screen? “Everything and nothing,” he says. That’s, um … not helpful. Care to elaborate? “You’re not changing the marrow of the creature,” he says. “You’re just changing the bone structure and the muscles and the skin.” Pause. “And the hair.” He laughs. “It’s all of its outer sheathing. But at its core, it’s exactly what I think Gillian always intended.”
To me, this is great. It’s Fincher being playful and screwing with our expectations in hilarious ways. October can’t come soon enough.