Buried deep within a new New York Times profile of Ben Affleck comes news that reports of changes to the ending of "Gone Girl" have been greatly exaggerated -- though we still don't know just what exactly has been altered from the book.
Director David Fincher set off a firestorm earlier this year when he announced that there would be significant changes made to author Gillian Flynn's manuscript for its big screen adaptation (penned by Flynn herself), leading to wild speculation about whether or not he would change the book's ending. Fincher doubled down on those comments somewhat in a later interview, leaving fans as confused as ever over what was happening with their beloved book.
But according to the Times, those worries have been for naught. In an aside near the end of its profile of Affleck, who plays protagonist -- and murder suspect -- Nick Dunne in the flick, the Times made a casual note that should put audiences at ease.
"Mr. Fincher granted The New York Times a private screening [of 'Gone Girl'] at his office," the parenthetical said. "Contrary to early speculation, the film hews closely to the book."
That echoes comments that Flynn made in a Reddit AMA back in April, when she insisted that "the script has to be different from the book in some ways .... But the mood, tone and spirit of the book are very much intact."
"Gone Girl" fans will be able to judge for themselves just how true those statements are soon enough. The flick, co-starring Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Emily Ratajkowski, and Patrick Fugit, opens on October 3.
via: New York Times, h/t Vulture