Is a ‘Gone Girl’ Sequel a Good Idea?
Gone Girl has already topped the bestsellers list and proven to be a hit on the big screen, but the disturbingly dark story may not be quite over yet. Author Gillian Flynn, who also penned the screenplay for last year’s film adaptation, recently revealed that she would be open to the idea of creating a sequel.
Following its theatrical release in October, Gone Girl has become both a critical and commercial success. In addition to grossing $365.3 million worldwide, the thriller garnered four Golden Globe nominations, including Best Director for David Fincher, Best Actress in a Drama for star Rosamund Pike, and Best Screenplay for Flynn. Now, the novelist says she’s considering the possibility of a future follow-up.
“Never say never. There could be a sequel at some point if everyone is game to get the gang back together, it could be really fun a few years from now,” she said in a recent interview with The New York Daily News, even suggesting a potential plotline. “We could pick it up and see what those crazy Dunnes are up to a few years down the road and if they got on — not well I don’t think.”
While the author is amenable to the idea, she also says she would only be on board, under one specific condition. “I would have to have the exact same people to do it — I would want Rosamund, Ben [Affleck] and Fincher to do it,” she said, per the New York Daily News.
Rumors of a potential sequel to the novel and film have been circulating pretty much since Gone Girl first hit theaters. Flynn herself previously hinted that she was considering a second installment back in October, telling Buzzfeed that she “might have to dip back in on [the characters] in 10 years and see what they’ve wrought.”
Still, those who either read or saw Gone Girl know that the ending — while frustrating and far from happy — was pretty conclusive and doesn’t really beg for a follow-up. Plus, while getting Fincher and the entire cast back on board would certainly be a good start, it’s hard to believe that a second film will be able to capture another equally twisty Dunnes story as successfully as the first.
We’ll have to wait to see if a sequel ever does come to fruition. One thing’s for sure: If Flynn eventually does pen a follow-up, it’ll likely be a long while before we ever see it. With a jam-packed list of coming projects, the author has extremely limited time on her hands as she has two more adaptations of her own works underway. The Dark Places movie, directed by French director Gilles Paquet-Brenner and starring Charlize Theron, Christina Hendricks, Nicholas Hoult, and Chloe Grace Moretz is due for release at some point this year. And Sharp Objects, the small-screen version of her first novel, which she is producing. She is also penning the HBO remake of the British TV show, Utopia, which will re-team her with Fincher as a director. As if that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, her first ever comic book story, Masks, is also scheduled for release in February.