Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn: Reports of new ending are “greatly exaggerated”

It seems Amy and Nick Dunne might not be getting a different conclusion after all...

Remember when you thought you knew what was going to happen at the end of the Gone Girl film because you’d already read the novel?


And then you thought you didn’t because everyone said the end of the story had been completely rewritten for the big screen? 

Well. It turns out you might. 

Because Gillian Flynn, the American author who wrote the bestselling thriller, has now said reports of a different conclusion for Nick and Amy Dunne have been “greatly exaggerated.”

In a Q&A on social networking site reddit, Flynn replied to a concerned fan, whose girlfriend was disappointed to hear the ending would be different from the book, saying: “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,” she continued, adding: “I’ve been very involved in the film and love it.” 

Reports that the movie’s ending would be different to the book originated from director David Fincher who told Entertainment Weekly: “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.'”

But now we read them again, we can’t help but wonder if we all might have taken those words a little bit too literally…

Gone Girl is in UK cinemas 3 October