Seeing as Gone Girl is one of the biggest literary phenomenons of the last couple of years, fans of Gillian Flynn’s mystery are likely thrilled that a director of David Fincher’s caliber is on board for the film adaptation (due out October 3), and that Flynn is the screenwriter. However, her involvement in retooling the bestseller to the big screen does not mean that it will be a very faithful transition from the page.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly (the cover can be seen below), where Flynn worked as a television critic before bursting out as an author, she hinted that the film will have a different design than her twisty novel.
“There was something thrilling about taking this piece of work that I’d spent about two years painstakingly putting together with all its eight million LEGO pieces and take a hammer to it and bash it apart and reassemble it into a movie,” Flynn says.
The first half of the novel maneuvers between two stories. In the first, journalist Nick Dunne (played in the film by Ben Affleck) finds out his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike) is missing and he becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance. The second story comes from Amy’s perspective before the present day, where she talks about her blossoming relationship with Nick.
Adapting Gone Girl to film in a way that maintains the same suspense as the novel without confusing viewers should be a challenge for Flynn, and it will be intriguing to see how she diverts from her page-turner. It will also be interesting to see how director David Fincher approaches this re-imagining of the material.
Gone Girl will hit theatres on October 3rd, 2014. Are you looking forward to seeing what Fincher can do with the source material? Let us know in the comments section below.