How Gillian Flynn adapted her novel “Gone Girl” to the screen

Novelist / Screenwriter Gillian Flynn; photo by JOHN LAMPARSKI/WIREIMAGE

“It was a fun, masochistic challenge to look at this 500-page book [Gone Girl: A Novel], and say, ‘Well, I’m going to have to lose about two-thirds of this.’ I did a first draft of what I really wanted to include, and it would have been the length of a mini-series, basically. You really have to be extremely disciplined in a way that no novelist ever, ever has to be. You have to make every scene not just do one thing but do about eight different things.”

Gillian Flynn

Excerpted from How Gillian Flynn Adapted Her Biggest Novel, “Gone Girl,” Into Her First Screenplay by Joe Berkowitz, Fast Company, October 3, 2014.

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