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Former EW Staffer Makes Waves with Cover, New Third Act

EWCoverAffleckThe latest EW cover, with its provocative Ben Affleck-Rosamund Pike morgue pose, has been making major media waves all week ahead of the issue’s arrival on newsstands today. There has also been, intriguingly, a second point of advance outside media focus.

Former EW staffer Gillian Flynn, who wrote the source novel and screenplay adaptation, completely chucked out the book’s third act for the 20th Century Fox fall 2014 release. EW sister publication Time has the details:

Flynn hinted in an interview that the change is drastic. “Ben was so shocked by it,” Flynn told EW. “He would say, ‘This is a whole new third act! She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.’”

Depending on how readers interpreted the original, polarizing ending, the change could be welcome. For Flynn’s part, she apparently had no problem with changing her work. She told EW, “there was something thrilling about taking this piece of work that I’d spent about two years painstakingly putting together with all its eight million Lego pieces and take a hammer to it and bash it apart and reassemble it into a movie.”

The cover was dreamed up and shot by Gone Girl director David Fincher. All in all, quite the burst of attention for a girl gone not long ago from the magazine. The last EW cover to generate this kind of excitement was probably the one associated with the finale of Breaking Bad.

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