Although we may have questioned the casting decisions at first, we have to say we were blown away when we saw Entertainment Weekly’s Gone Girl exclusive. Featuring Rosamund Pike (as Amy Dunne) stretched out on an autopsy table being cradled rather foetally by Ben Affleck (Nick Dunne), it suggests that director David Fincher (Se7en, Panic Room) has worked up a storm with the source material. And what source material! Gillian Flynn’s malevolent best seller was the dictionary definition of a page turner- witty, macabre and featuring the type of twists and double-crossings that made you feel involved in the action, like the adult version of a Choose Your Own Adventure book. Here’s what you need to know about the film...
1) Reese Witherspoon Bought The Rights
Buying the adaptation rights for $1.5 million, the actress is also a producing on the film. “You really can’t anticipate where it’s going,” Reese told The Hollywood Reporter about the book, echoing our thoughts. “It’s just an incredible feat that Gillian was able to accomplish.”
2) The Dunnes Are Unlikeable…
But that didn’t concern director David Fincher. “I don’t know what ‘likeable’ is,” he told EW “I know people who are doting parents, who give to charity, drive Priuses all thoses things, who are insufferable a—holes.”
3) Gillian Wanted To Adapt The Script...
“Yes, I really wanted to have a hand in it," she said. "The novel has a strong voice, and I felt like that voice needed to be continued to keep the tone right. It was important that I be involved in it.”
4) ...But It Was A "Struggle”
“There are certain things you might love in a book- like a dialogue exchange- that just can’t translate to a movie,” Gillian said during the adaptation. “You see books that translate really well to film, and some that don’t, and you try to figure out what works. But the sheer volume of it – there are a billion different pieces to it, stuff that needs to be in and stuff that needs to be dropped. It’s a struggle.”
5)...And Bit Like Smashing Up A Building
“There was something thrilling about taking this piece of work that I’d spent about two years painstakingly putting together will all its eight million LEGO pieces and take a hammer to it and bash it apart and reassemble it into a movie.”
Gone Girl is released in the autumn