In addition to authoring Gone Girl, which I reviewed and adored last summer, Gillian Flynn wrote the screenplay for this fall’s feature film!! Ben Affleck is cast as Nick Dunne, the husband accused of his wife’s disappearance, and Rosamund Pike is Amy. Poor, poor, Amy. “Gone Girl” is directed by David Fincher, responsible for such critically-acclaimed movies as “Se7en” (1995), “Fight Club” (1999) and “The Social Network” (2010).
I’m so excited for this movie, but I have to say I’m a little apprehensive. I loved everything about Gone Girl, including the ending. It was messed up, but it was different. Unique. Sounds like mine is a minority opinion, however, because Gillian Flynn chose to change the entire final act for the film. She told Entertainment Weekly,“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.”
I have an idea how it might have been changed (Stealth-like for people who haven’t read it yet: I think Nick actually will kill Amy after their reunion). And I’d be okay with that; it would certainly be satisfying and justified. I just don’t know what’s wrong with the novel’s ending as it is. It was nice to read a book for once that didn’t wrap everything up neatly.
Here’s the official trailer. Looks good!