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Ryan Lambie Apr 3, 2017
Spoilers for Seven lie ahead.
There are occasions where we have sheer luck to thank for the existence of a movie. Take Seven, David Fincher’s atmospheric thriller from 1995; had the studio behind its making, New Line, not sent Fincher the wrong draft of the script, the film may never have been made - at least, not by Fincher, who at that time was still smarting from the experience of making his debut, Alien 3.
Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker had initially written Seven as a spec script - the kind of high-concept thriller that would get him noticed, get him out of his day job at Tower Records and into a career as a writer. About »
The cult classic was written by Andrew Kevin Walker, who at the time had optioned the script with “Christmas Vacation” helmer Jeremiah Chechik on board to direct. But Chechik had a different movie in mind and told Walker to rewrite the ending.
[Editor’s Note: Spoilers for “Seven” follow. Proceed at your own risk.]
The movie as we know it ends with John Doe (Kevin Spacey) delivering Detective Mills’ (Pitt) wife’s head in a box. Walker’s reworked version didn’t include that scene. After Chechik moved on from the project, the original version of the script with the shocking twist accidentally landed in the hands of Fincher.
“[Fincher] expressed some interest [in directing], but in expressing his interest to them, had mentioned there was a head in the box,” Walker told The Hollywood Reporter. “And they were like, »
- Liz Calvario
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