In a recent interview with Variety, actress Rosamund Pike (Pride & Prejudice) discussed the grueling process behind the memorable scenes in Gone Girl as well as her feelings about the possibility of a Gone Girl 2. As we pointed out in our review of the movie here at mxdwn, the characters in the story stick with you, and after holding the number one spot at the box office for two consecutive weekends, the idea of a sequel doesn’t seem too far-fetched. In terms of Pike’s personal opinion, she offered a somewhat mixed bag:
‘No, no, no,’ she says at the suggestion, but leaves a small door open. ‘Only if Gillian [Flynn] wrote it. I don’t like the idea of someone coming in and saying I could get my hand on these characters. The filmmakers don’t even want people to know Amy is even alive at the end.’
Assuming this response means Pike believes that Amy is alive, then perhaps so is the hope for a second go-around. Flynn presently has another of her novels, Dark Places, being adapted for the screen, with Charlize Theron (Prometheus) leading an ensemble cast. With that movie expected out within the next year, there seems to be a high demand for Flynn’s storytelling and characters on the big screen; and, although Pike had to go through extensive training for the role, “working with a dialect coach and training with a professional boxer,” she clearly highly respects and enjoys Flynn’s work enough to suggest future collaborations.
One more significant question would need to be asked, however, specifically for many of the fans: how would David Fincher (The Social Network) feel about a sequel? It could be easily argued that his direction made the world of Gone Girl come alive onscreen, and a sequel without his name attached could very likely stray creatively and draw far less interest from audiences. As one of the most celebrated directors in the industry right now, with multiple films currently in development, his involvement could prove tricky. With these questions out in the universe, however, we can keep riding the high of Gone Girl while it’s still relevant, and especially as we await its possible continued success during awards season.