When a movie comes to theaters after being adapted from a book, chances are a lot of the audience knows what’s going to happen. This doesn’t necessarily spoil the story, but it puts the filmmaker at a disadvantage. Unless you’re Stanley Kubrick and can adapt a story into your own, you need to work hard to make your film stand apart from the book.
David Fincher and company came up with a different way to make your film adaptation stand out from the novel companion — just change the entire third act. That’s exactly what Fincher has done with his next film Gone Girl, which is based on the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn.
The screenplay was written by Flynn, who told Entertainment Weekly that she reworked most of the story as a whole and completely changed the third act. Flynn says that the ending is so different and wild, that it took star Ben Affleck by total surprise.
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. … 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.
Fincher shot the cover of the Entertainment Weekly issue that features Gone Girl and the hype for the film has already started to build. Gone Girl is slated to hit theaters on October 3, 2014.