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“It’s Less Interest Than Putting a Cigarette in My Eye”: One of David Fincher’s Best Movies May Have a Sequel, But We’ll Never See It (And Plan B Was a Disaster)

It is one of the filmmaker’s star films and one of the best ‘thrillers’ in history, but when the production company wanted to repeat its success, it was met with a ‘no’ from everyone involved.

The phenomenal success of a film does not always have the potential to spawn a sequel, but it is true that in the film industry, we find hundreds of examples where this has happened. Cinema is not only an art but also a business and, When a certain title is widespread, it is rare that it is not tempted to at least consider the study responsible for assessing whether its success would be likely to be replicated. with the second part. In some cases, such as incarnationThe expansion of the franchise has been on paper almost since its inception, while in others, such as Top Gun: Maverick, ends several decades later. On other occasions, the success of one film spawns not only a sequel, but a franchise of more films, and on others the idea of ​​a continuation was put on the table but ended up being scrapped.

This last group belongs to the non-existent sequel. see It could have been and was not, despite being and supposed to be a real box office bomb, since the film directed by David Fincher one of the best thriller everIt didn’t have the support of those involved necessary for it to become a reality.

starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, Seven premiered in 1995 and marked the consecration of Fincherwhose experience as a director was limited to a decent collection of video clips and critically acclaimed sequels alien 3, as a film producer. Despite the fact that there was some criticism of its violence at the time, the film made a huge impact in its day, proving to be a real box office success – with collections of over $300 million – it brought us Brad Pitt. And now one of the best versions It is considered cult, especially within its genre.

the success of see it was like Production company New Line Cinema was clear: They wanted a sequel., continuation of the popular story with A new serial killer downtown and William SomersetThe character, played by Morgan Freeman, is again in charge of the investigation. Its title was also discussed, not 8 hoursAnd there was a provisional script in 2002. But nobody was interested.

Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt both expressed then He had no interest in starring in the sequel to seeWhereas David Fincher was much more blunt:

I care less about putting a cigarette in my eye

how much Fincher would explain years later at an event in New York organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, when it was about to be released The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,

Even then eight It can’t be, there was a plan b:provisional script was reused and resulted in Consolation In 2015. The film, directed by Alfonso Poiret and starring Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrell and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, failed critically and at the box office despite its critical acclaim.

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