Gone Girl, “The Stand” Ending Change Talk

Two upcoming films based on two famous novels are set to get a quite different approach to their respective endings.

On the one hand there’s “Gone Girl,” David Fincher’s upcoming film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel. Previously there were rumors that Fincher had essentially reconfigured the entire last act of his work so it would offer a quite different experience from the book.

Now, a writer for The New York Times saw the film at a private screening and says that the film ultimately hews closely to the book. If there are changes they may be more of a mild or thematic nature.

On the opposite end of the scale, Bad Ass Digest reports that Josh Boone’s upcoming, three-hour, R-rated adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “The Stand” will be VERY different in its final act from the work. Looking at an earlier draft of the script, they describe the new ending as follows:

“In this version, from last year, the good guy survivors from Boulder get together in an army and march on Las Vegas to kill Randall Flagg. Flagg’s headquarters is, of course, the Luxor Pyramid. The Boulderites invade the city while, off to the east, a squad fights at the Boulder Dam – which Trashcan Man explodes, killing Larry Underwood and sending a deadly flood to Vegas.

In the city Flagg squares off against hero Stu Redman… who now has the power of God, and they have an Akira-like battle on the Las Vegas Strip, with Flagg trying to take Stu’s magic. Cars are thrown, Excalbur’s turrets are tossed, the people of Vegas are used by Flagg as disposable cannon-fodder. Meanwhile Nick Andros sacrifices his life taking out a howitzer. The Boulder forces, while armed, try to only take prisoners and rescue people from being under Flagg’s evil spell. It all comes down to Flagg and Stu, and whether or not Stu will absorb Flagg’s evil magic.”

That is a marked change from the whole ‘Hand of God’ sequence in the novel which was portrayed in the previous mini-series adaptation of the work.