Gillian Flynn stays true to herself with Gone Girl, her first screenplay 

October 1, 2014 1:06 AM

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Gillian Flynn is a Kansas City native who pronounces her home state's name Missourah. Her mother taught reading, and her father was a film instructor at Penn Valley Community College, so her career trajectory — Entertainment Weekly reporter turned best-selling novelist — doesn't seem like a stretch. And now she's coming to movie screens, having written the screenplay for David Fincher's adaptation of her most recent book, the megahit Gone Girl. The Oscar-nominated director shot it in Missouri, and Flynn spent time with the production. (An adaptation of her novel Dark Places is due out next year.)

The movie stars Ben Affleck as former journalist Nick Dunne, who finds himself a murder suspect after his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary. It debuted last week at the New York Film Festival, with the author in attendance alongside Fincher (The Social Network,...

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