David Fincher’s GONE GIRL Adaptation Has A Different Third Act

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After making his first foray into directing television last year with House of Cards, David Fincher is back with a brand new feature film in 2014.  The filmmaker’s latest effort is an adaptation of the dark Gillian Flynn novel Gone Girl, which revolves around a man whose wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, only to have all roads point to him as her killer.  Fincher enlisted Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike to play his two leads, Nick and Amy Dunne, and Flynn wrote the screenplay herself, adapting her own novel.  The book has plenty of twists and turns as the central mystery begins to unfold, but now word comes that Flynn has significantly reworked the ending to her book for the film, so much so that the third act of Fincher’s Gone Girl will be entirely different.

Hit the jump for more, including the director’s thoughts on casting Affleck and Pike.  Gone Girl opens October 3rd.

gone-girl-ew-coverAs we saw yesterday, Gone Girl graces the cover of the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, and in speaking with the magazine (via The Film Stage) Flynn revealed that there are some big changes in her book-to-screen adaptation:

“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… 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 may come as welcome news to some, as Flynn’s novel is indeed one hell of a page-turner but not everyone was thrilled with the book’s conclusion.  As for the casting of the film, Fincher thought Affleck would be the perfect choice to play the dubious protagonist Nick Dunne:

“Ben knows inherently what that experience is like. He knows what it’s 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, ‘I’d like to have a beer with that guy.’”

With regards to filling the role of Nick’s wife Amy, Fincher had this to say about Rosamund Pike:

“Falling in love with Amy is like a chemical high injected right into your veins. And that needle can inject something toxic as well. [Playing] Amy gives you a sense of feeling completely uncaged. As an actress, I had a sense there are no rules about what a woman has to be.”

Gone Girl is a twisted relationship drama at its core, so as a fan of the book I’m excited to see Fincher take this material and run with it—especially with a new ending.  Pick up the latest issue of EW for more on the adaptation.


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  • varagor

    I actually loved the third act of the book. Usually this kind of news would be a cause for concern, but since the Gillian Flynn is the one who wrote the screenplay, it might be good.

  • milo

    Great news and I wouldn’t say it’s that surprising considering how widely that ending was panned. Flynn puts her spin on it, but it seems obvious that she (and those paying to make the movie) have read the Amazon reviews for her book. I still kind of wish someone else was writing that new third act but at least this is a big step in the right direction.

    Now, if Divergent does well enough to make it to a third movie, they’ll have to completely throw out the entire third *book* and come up with something completely different…

    • Fiz

      Agreed. I’m actually more interested in seeing this knowing the ending will be different.

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  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Wished it had a different lead actor

  • Reina

    OOooooOO this is shaping up to be one of my most anticipated movies of 2014. I read the book and it was one hell of a page turner so I’m excited as to what Fincher does with it AND this new mysterious third act. I do remember I was left with the a DISGUSTING feeling in my gut after turning the last page. I bet Fincher and Flynn reworked the ending to be a bit more satisfying. I’m very excited to see what happens.

  • The Flobbit

    Ben Affleck knows what it is like to be hunted? WTF

  • The Flobbit

    And I am SO glad he’s going to cut the absolutely unsatisfying and quite frankly shitty final act. The rest of the book is amazing, until HUGE SPOILER ALERT: We meet Desi and Amy comes back.

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