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11:28 pm - 04/22/2014

The ending of the Gone Girl movie won't be as different as you think


This January, Gone Girl fans were stunned to discover that the novel’s author, Gillian Flynn, had created an entirely new ending for David Fincher’s movie adaptation of her best-seller. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Flynn explained how the film’s star, Ben Affleck, responded when he read the different conclusion in the script. “‘This is a whole new third act!’” she recalled him saying. “‘She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.’”


Three months and one haunting trailer later, however, Flynn is assuring readers that the new ending is not too different. During a Reddit AMA this morning, Flynn told Internet users that reports of a dramatically different story ending “have been greatly exaggerated!” She did concede, though, that “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 and you just don't have room for everything. But the mood, tone and spirit of the book are very much intact. I’ve been very involved in the film and loved it.”

The author and first-time screenwriter also discussed how she got in the right mind-set to adapt her novel for the screen.

“I read tons of screenplays and watched a lot of movies. Since my director was David Fincher, I read all the screenplays and rewatched all the movies—that was not bad homework. I also watched movie adaptations I really respected, like The Talented Mr. Ripley. Then I went to town with my book. I read it one last time; I listened to it on audio so it could wake up my brain in a different way, and then I didn’t look at it again—except to grab certain lines of dialogue—so I could let it become a movie.”

Fans of Flynn will be excited to know that the author is beginning work on a new novel—“a big, sprawling American folkloric tale of murder.” Afterward, Flynn says that she will venture into the young-adult literary stratosphere, but has already established a ground rule for herself: “No vampires.”

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elksa 22nd-Apr-2014 09:36 pm (UTC)
hm I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not

also I kind of want to reread the book before the movie comes out, seeing as I listened to it as an audiobook on a road trip, and fell asleep during certain parts
actxappalledx 22nd-Apr-2014 09:46 pm (UTC)
i just sent my friend the ePub version; I think I am going to re-read it along with him

Edited at 2014-04-22 09:47 pm (UTC)
__orangeglo 22nd-Apr-2014 09:36 pm (UTC)
I've read the book, but totally blanking on the ending. Someone able to refresh me?
k5memo 22nd-Apr-2014 09:45 pm (UTC)
She killed the weird rich guy who was helping her. And she had a baby so the husband compromised. (I think. I am blanking out on this one too lol)
greenfieldcsi 22nd-Apr-2014 09:45 pm (UTC)
he writes a book telling the whole story about how his wife was a huge bitch and psycho and all that and just when he's planning to release it and leave her, she tells him she's pregnant and they stay together (since now he can't leave her since he always wanted a kid).


I may be messing it all up cos I read it a while ago, but i think this was the main point.

(this is right at the end, not sure if you meant the whole third act).
teaaet 22nd-Apr-2014 10:07 pm (UTC)
and she had saved his semen from years before in order to get herself pregnant later and trap him!
ritaamber 22nd-Apr-2014 10:08 pm (UTC)
she had frozen some of his sperm, so when he is about to publish the book she tells him she is pregnant and he abandons the book and stays with her.
smolderhotter 22nd-Apr-2014 10:55 pm (UTC)
lmao this is the first time I heard about this book and my god this sounds so stupid lol
lovelylaura23 22nd-Apr-2014 09:37 pm (UTC)
Looking at screencaps/gifs on tumblr made me realize how ugly Fincher's movies are. :(


ick @ his love for yellow, tbh.
redheadbynight 22nd-Apr-2014 09:53 pm (UTC)
him and Soderbergh. It's like they're filming through a urine filter ffs
sanditar 22nd-Apr-2014 09:41 pm (UTC)
i had this book on my laptop and was in the middle of reading it and macdalena got stolen. i lost the desire to finish it tbh.
helders 22nd-Apr-2014 10:13 pm (UTC)
lmao was your laptop's name macdalena? cute. and you're not missing anything.
sanditar 22nd-Apr-2014 10:22 pm (UTC)
yes, i name my things :/
i kind of want to spoil myself but since i don't think i'll finish the book i'm going to wait until after the movie to read on wikipedia the differences.
januarysix 22nd-Apr-2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
This book was depressing.
ophiodeiros 22nd-Apr-2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
so that's not gone baby gone 10 years after? the title could have fooled me.

(that movie doesn't get enough praise btw.)
ms_mmelissa 22nd-Apr-2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
There needs to be a Woman Gone movie and we can all pretend it's a trilogy.
ophiodeiros 23rd-Apr-2014 12:23 am (UTC)
Yes. Great thinking.
norths 22nd-Apr-2014 09:47 pm (UTC)
So excited for this! I really need a Sharp Objects movie to happen though.
3_foot_6 22nd-Apr-2014 10:24 pm (UTC)
just finished my reread of that last night and started my reread of dark places! both are way better and scarier than gone girl, imo, i don't know why that one is the one getting a movie.
outoftime 22nd-Apr-2014 11:49 pm (UTC)
Dark Places is being made into a movie also. Charlize Theron stars as Libby.
simr2277 22nd-Apr-2014 09:48 pm (UTC)
Redemption arc for Amazing Amy please!
snoozeen 22nd-Apr-2014 09:48 pm (UTC)
Whatever.

Gimme it.

I don't care.

get that oscar, finch!
redsprings 22nd-Apr-2014 09:55 pm (UTC)
Oop. More like 'get that Oscar, Pike!'
josiefier 22nd-Apr-2014 09:48 pm (UTC)
Which means once again it'll be up to the internet after the movie comes out to tell me if it's worth watching at all. Honestly, by the end of the book I hated almost everything, and did hate everyone but Nick's sister and Desi's mother.
teaaet 22nd-Apr-2014 10:09 pm (UTC)
I loved Amy until she started romanticizing old Nick and decided to go back. That shit made me so angry.
spiderkelly 22nd-Apr-2014 10:28 pm (UTC)
yeah. i hated everything about this book, including nick's sister. but then i never have patience for the "all women are bitchez!!" types irl or in fiction.
woah_fierce 22nd-Apr-2014 09:52 pm (UTC)
Just saw the trailer. Watching it just for Tyler Perry~~~
redsprings 22nd-Apr-2014 09:55 pm (UTC)
Lol.
gillette 22nd-Apr-2014 09:58 pm (UTC)
lmao
redheadbynight 22nd-Apr-2014 09:52 pm (UTC)
this book was a mixed bag for me - I just recently read it and both of them were terrible people but it was also just written like a bad soap opera
helders 22nd-Apr-2014 10:17 pm (UTC)
ia. it's why after i figured it out i just kinda jumped ahead.
black_swan87 22nd-Apr-2014 09:53 pm (UTC)
Afterward, Flynn says that she will venture into the young-adult literary stratosphere,




stop with the YA shit please
flawedinsomniac 22nd-Apr-2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
I just skimmed that AMA and I agree that Sharp Objects gets overlooked a bit. I admittedly haven't read Dark Places (yet?) but Sharp Objects really resonated with me. I actually really liked it. Gone Girl started off great but I got frustrated with it at some point for a variety of reasons
crazyventures 22nd-Apr-2014 10:07 pm (UTC)
I thought Gone Girl was the worst of her books.
flawedinsomniac 22nd-Apr-2014 11:41 pm (UTC)
yeah, it's interesting that it's the one that has gotten so much attention...again, I haven't read Dark Places yet, but I've heard good things + I really liked Sharp Objects
helders 22nd-Apr-2014 10:19 pm (UTC)
i was going to read sharp objects, but gone girl really turned me off to her writing. glad that's not representing of her storytelling.
egosumopacis 22nd-Apr-2014 10:29 pm (UTC)
Dark Places was cheaper than Sharp Objects on kindle, and it was good, but I called part of the ending about 3 or 4 chapters into the book. I'm annoyed by the movie adaptation already too. Far more so than the Gone Girl film.
metalheavy 22nd-Apr-2014 10:04 pm (UTC)
Bummer, the ending sucks.
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