Gone Girl author talks differences between book and film

Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn has commented on reports that the screenplay she has penned for the forthcoming movie adaptation makes wholesale changes to her original story, describing them as “greatly exaggerated.”

Earlier this year, reports were quoting Ben Affleck as saying Flynn had “literally thrown that third act out and started from scratch”, but according to the author, this is misleading.

“Those reports have been greatly exaggerated!” says Flynn. “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.”

“But the mood, tone and spirit of the book are very much intact,” she continues. “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.”

That said, it’s worth noticing that she doesn’t explicitly deny changing the ending for the movie version, which should keep people guessing right until the credits roll…

Directed by Fincher and co-starring Affleck and Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl will open in the UK on 3 October 2014.