If you took any kind of public transport in 2012, you're familar with Gone Girl - the thriller from author Gillian Flynn which basically took over the world for a time.And its actually a really strong, twisty, dark and funny book - which is why I'm genuinely excited about the movie adapation, all the more so now that David Fincher is on board as director.
One piece of news which has seen positive and negative reactions from fans of the book is that the ending is set to be changed for the movie version. In an adaptation, change is necessary and personally I don't see it as a bad thing, especially if its designed to give those familar with the story something to look forward to, but now we've got a little more information.
Gillian Flynn was going a Reddit AMA recently and responded to a question about the differences. And she should know because she's also on board to write the script for the film. On the notion that the ending has been changed, she had this to say:
"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. I've been very involved in the film and loved it. Working with David Fincher is pretty much the best place to start for a screenwriter. Screenwriting definitely works different parts of your brain than writing a novel. I do love that with novels, you can really sprawl out–it feels quite decadent. With screenwriting, you have to justify every choice. It's a nice discipline, but definitely not decadent."
I'm totally willing to trust her in this respect but honestly it sounds more like things have been tweaked for the transition rather than drastically altered.
Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck and Rosamunde Pike as the principals, as well as Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry.
See it in cinemas from the 3rd of October 2014.