David Fincher’s Gone Girl May Be More Loyal To Source Material Than We First Thought


It was Ernest Hemingway who once said that “there is no friend as loyal as a book,” and for the creative minds at work behind David Fincher’s upcoming thriller Gone Girl, that phrase rings particularly true.

Ahead of the film’s highly anticipated debut at the New York Film Festival at the end of this month, New York Times writer Cara Turner has seen the feature ahead of time and stated that it hews quite closely to Gillian Flynn’s eponymous novel.

Of course, it’s worth keeping in mind that Turner’s view on Fincher’s final product is wholly subjective, but it does allay fears that the film was set to venture too far from its source. This is contrary to reports from earlier in the year, which suggested that the cinematic interpretation would diverge from the source material by introducing a whole new ending.

Frankly, this close to release, the back and forth on the purported script change reads like a smoke and mirrors tactic, and it’s hardly surprising if this supposed confusion is exactly what Fincher wants — this is a movie about a missing person, after all. Still, Flynn herself is adapting the script alongside the esteemed director, so if there were anyone to make undisclosed changes to the screenplay, it should be the rightful author.

Either way, Gone Girl will tell the intriguing story of one Nick Dunne (Affleck) who, following the sudden disappearance of his wife (Rosamund Pike) on their fifth wedding anniversary, is whipped up in the midst of an unforgiving media storm where he is pegged as the prime suspect. And so, Dunne fights to discover his wife and clear his name, but as he scratches deeper beneath the surface, he begins to question whether his idyllic partner was the person he knew and loved.

We haven’t too long to wait until Gone Girl finally arrives in theatres, as David Fincher’s thriller is pegged for October 3rd, 2014. Will you be checking it out?