What Was Changed and What Was Omitted in David Fincher’s Gone Girl Adaptation

September 30, 2014 8:09 PM

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What Was Changed and What Was Omitted in David Fincher’s Gone Girl Adaptation

Earlier this year, many fans of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 thriller Gone Girl were dismayed to learn that the author had changed the story’s ending for the film adaptation. As Entertainment Weekly reported in January, director David Fincher quoted Ben Affleck as saying, “This is a whole new third act! She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.”

But that’s not quite true—and Flynn later described the reports that the ending had changed as “greatly exaggerated.” Indeed, the overall arc of the story remains the same in the movie as in the novel. Still, in adapting the book for film, some changes had to be made. So how closely does the movie s...

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