When Gillian Flynn released Gone Girl in early 2013 it caused quite a stir amongst booklovers. Here was a novel that dared readers to truly engage their brains, as they tried to solve the mystery of what really happened to the missing Amy Dunne. A cinematic adaptation was inevitable and now the first trailer has been released, with David Fincher in the director’s chair and Flynn adapting the screenplay from her own novel.
Much like Fincher’s first trailer for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, there’s a hypnotic ambiguity to this promo. We meet Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne as he pleads to the public for help and support in finding his wife Amy, who disappeared on the day of their 5th wedding anniversary. These heartfelt appeals are contrasted with glimpses in to Nick & Amy’s slowly breaking marriage and Nick’s fiery temper, begging questions as to whether Nick is responsible for his wife’s disappearance.
Juxtaposing his imagery with an eerie rendition of Elvis Costello’s She, Fincher’s trailer exudes a haunting darkness that’s characteristic of this prolific filmmaker. With Flynn on writing duties, we can no doubt expect a faithful adaptation of the source material. However, it has already been announced that Fincher and Flynn have concocted a brand new ending, which will no doubt enthrall and anger fans of the novel in equal measure.
You’ll be able to decide for yourself if the new ending enhances or ruins the story when Gone Girl is released in the UK on Oct. 3rd.