Film Adaptation Of 'Gone Girl" To Feature New Ending

Gone Girl

David Fincher has a bit of a reputation for hearing the word "unfilmable" and then proceeding to show he has absolutely no idea what the word means. This has led to such movies as Fight Club, The Girl with the Dragon Tattooand perhaps most impossibly, Alien 3. Actually, that last one was less "can't film" and more "shouldn't film", but I digress.

It probably surprised nobody, then, that Fincher is currently working with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike to film the adaption of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, a labyrinthine thriller about a wife's disappearance. It features unreliable narrators, twists, insanity—basically all the things that seem to light David Fincher's candle.

Now it looks like Gone Girl may hold surprises even for loyal fans of the book. Specifically, it looks like Flynn will be changing the ending of the story, which is pretty big news for those who have read it.

"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,'" Flynn, who wrote the script for "Gone Girl," told EW (transcript via The Dissolve).

This isn't exactly a groundbreaking tactic. The film adaptation of Thomas Harris' third Hannibal novel featured a very different ending than the book after a new finale was approved by Harris. And fanboys have been in a constant state of exploding ever since the end of the Watchmen adaptation featured a nuclear threat instead of a gigantic space squid. Both moves elicited positive and negative reactions from fans and newbies alike.

So what do you think? Are you willing to give the film a chance? Does it depend on the ending they write?

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Nathan Scalia earned a BA degree in psychology and considered medical school long enough to realize that he missed reading real books. He then went on to earn a Master's in Library Science and is currently working in a school library. He has written several new articles and columns for LitReactor, served for a time as the site's Community Manager, and can be found in the Writer's Workshop with some frequency.

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Chacron's picture
Chacron from England, South Coast is reading Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb January 13, 2014 - 12:14pm

Can't pretend I'm at all objective on this one: hated the book, not interested in the film at all even if it is one of Fincher's and no matter what the ending is. The ending doesn't matter when I find the characters irredemebly unlikeable and what was supposed to be an amazing trick and plot twist quite simply wasn't, for me. Gone Girl is the famous and successful book I love to hate.

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Joshua Chaplinsky from New York is reading a lot more during the quarantine January 13, 2014 - 12:20pm

Fincher also changed the ending of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, which, even though the film wasn't perfect, wasn't one of its flaws.

SConley's picture
SConley from Texas is reading Coin Locker Babies January 13, 2014 - 12:34pm

I want to see how they do Amy's journal, be it through narration or what. I can't imagine how he'll do it. I loved the book, i didn't need to love the characters.

Sanbai's picture
Sanbai from the Midwest is reading The War of Art January 13, 2014 - 5:39pm

I've never read it. Who's David Fincher...? The sky is nice today. *todders out the back exit*

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Dorian Grey from Transexual, Transylvania is reading "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck January 14, 2014 - 10:30pm

Rosamund Pike is gorgeous even as a corpse. 

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Ivo Van Der Avert April 16, 2014 - 10:47am

I agree with Chacron. Although not comparable in literary status (maybe a matter of taste), Gone Girl suffers from the same flaw as The Informers: their main characters are shallow, narcissistic, and there's only few humane and three-dimensional characters in the story for the reader/viewer to hide behind. Only Nick's twin sister was genuinely likable in the novel, I am far more interested in her character's portrayal than any of the other characters involved. I think Fincher was smart enough to know that is not the kind of movie adaptation that is still appealing once you have read the book. So yes, I will see the movie, but more because Fincher has my general confidence as a filmmaker.