Gillian Flynn rewrites ending of Gone Girl for movie adaptation

David Fincher's movie adaptation starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike will feature an alternative ending when it hits cinemas this October

If, like me, you found the ending to Gone Girl frustrating, you could be in luck. Gillian Flynn is having second thoughts ahead of the movie adaptation of her bestseller and is re-writing the final act for her screenplay. 


Good news, for me at least, but as for the majority of people on the train/bus/beach captivated by her page-turner last summer – well, you have good reason to be a little dubious… 

“There was something thrilling about taking this piece of work that I’d spent about two years painstakingly putting together with all its 8 million Lego pieces and take a hammer to it and bash it apart and reassemble it into a movie,” Flynn told the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly which has the film’s stars, Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, splashed across its cover. 

But while the motivation behind the dramatic U-turn is as yet unclear, director David Fincher dropped a hint, admitting he “may have been too beholden to the source material” when adapting Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo for the silver screen back in 2011.

Gone Girl charts the story of Nick Dunne who finds himself the prime suspect in a murder investigation following the mysterious disappearance of his beautiful wife, Amy. The movie also stars Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry in supporting roles and is being made by actress Reese Witherspoon’s production company.

While there’s still a good chunk of time before we get a better idea what’s going on (Gone Girl isn’t set to hit cinemas until 3 October), the EW cover (left) offers fans a potential clue, featuring the two leads in a morgue with Nick cradling Amy’s dead body – a scene that doesn’t appear in the book. 

Flynn has also teased details of Affleck’s reaction to the alternative ending… “Ben 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.'”