Gillian Flynn's Reddit AMA: Author calls reports of 'Gone Girl' movie changes 'greatly exaggerated'

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At ease, Gone Girl purists: According to author Gillian Flynn, there’s no need to fear David Fincher’s upcoming adaptation.

In EW’s Gone Girl cover story — published this past January — Fincher made waves by implying that Flynn’s bestselling story of a (very) twisted marriage had been dramatically altered during its journey from page to screen. What’s more, Flynn herself was the one doing the butchery. “Ben [Affleck] was so shocked by it,” Fincher said, describing how his star responded to Flynn’s Gone Girl screenplay. “He would say, ‘This is a whole new third act! She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.’”

Perhaps, however, we shouldn’t have taken those words so literally. During a Reddit AMA posted Tuesday afternoon, a participant mentioned that his girlfriend was a big fan of Flynn’s novel — then added that she “was disappointed to hear that you were changing the movie up a little when compared to the book.” Here’s Flynn’s response in full:

“Tell your girlfriend not to worry — 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.”

Iiiiinteresting. Does that mean we shouldn’t bother pondering what a new ending would mean for Gone Girl, since the film’s ending might not be as different as we initially thought it would be?

Though talk about Gone Girl dominated the chat, Flynn also dropped a few tantalizing hints about what she’s working on now. Specifically, her next novel, “a big, sprawling American folkloric tale of murder” — which Flynn plans to follow with a YA book. Oh, and then there’s this: Flynn says that Sharp Objects, her first novel, “has been optioned again and is in very good hands, so I may have news to report in next few months.” Hear that, guys? In just a few months, we’ll have a whole other book adaptation to worry about!

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