If you didn't like Gone Girl's highly unsettling ending, you are likely in luck: author Gillian Flynn, who adapted her own novel for the screen, devised a new third act for the David Fincher-directed film.
Flynn revealed as much in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly (coming to us via The Film Stage). Apparently, Ben Affleck, who plays a man who is implicated when his wife Amy goes missing, was just as surprised as you might be. "Ben was so shocked by it," Flynn said. "He would say, ‘This is a whole new third act! She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.’"
Now, we're not going to spoil Flynn's twisty note, but let's just say it ends on a very unconventional note, one that's completely chilling, but also completely in keeping with the tone of the rest of her novel. On screen it might also seem too, well, unfinished. (At /FILM Germain Lussier wrote: "I remember thinking, "'Audiences are going to be so pissed if David Fincher‘s movie ends this way.'") Despite some wacky casting—Neil Patrick Harris! Tyler Perry!—we have every reason to believe David Fincher can do something splendid with Flynn's dark tale, and we just have to put our faith in Flynn herself that the rewrites are for the better.
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