One thing that has been heavily talked about in the lead up to the release of David Fincher’s new thriller “Gone Girl” is how the film adaptation changes up the ending of the novel by Gillian Flynn.
The talk was fuelled by Flynn herself who told EW: “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'”
Now, appearing as part of a Reddit AMA this week, she tempered those comments:
“Those reports have been greatly exaggerated! Of course, 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.
Working with David Fincher is pretty much the best place to start for a screenwriter. Screenwriting definitely works different parts of your brain than writing a novel. I do love that with novels, you can really sprawl out-it feels quite decadent. With screenwriting, you have to justify every choice. It’s a nice discipline, but definitely not decadent.”
The film is currently slated to hit cinemas on October 3rd.