Seven: extra nerdy facts about David Fincher’s classic

Go a little bit deeper behind the scenes of David Fincher's iconic thriller, Seven...

Kicking off a new video series, we’re going to be looking at well-known movies, and just quickly digging up some nerdy facts about them that you may or may not know. But hopefully, you didn’t know. We’ll soon find out.

We’re starting with one of our favourite films: Seven.

By the time the movie arrived in UK cinemas at the start of 1996, it was already earning itself outstanding word of mouth, courtesy of its US release. Still, I was one of many who went about watching it the wrong way. I walked into the cinema armed with a mountain of pick and mix, and too much drink (I’ve learned my lesson since), and was expecting a standardHollywood thriller.

I didn’t get one. This was something much more special.

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When it came out on video, I went back and watching it properly. Then promptly rewound the tape and watched it again. Seven was and is extraordinary (and you can get the new Iconic Moments disc release here, and digital release here – one of those rare moments where the right people were brought together for the right project at the right time.

Here are just a few things you may not know about the movie…

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And here’s one more thing.

The script to the movie was penned by Andrew Kevin Walker (he was working at Tower Records when he wrote it), and its dark ending was in tact in that first version. The screenplay was developed for a time though by National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation director Jeremiah Chechik, who wasn’t keen on the ending. Eventually, Chechik departed the film, but it was his softer version of the screenplay that made the rounds of Hollywood.

But an admin error turned things around. New Line Cinema picked the project up in the early 1990s, and sent the script to David Fincher, the film’s eventual director. Yet they sent the wrong one. Fincher took receipt of Walker’s original draft, rather than the neutered version. He was sold – but New Line wasn’t. On realising its error, it tried to revert the film back to its cheerier finale, yet Fincher wasn’t having it.

Thus, the fact that the ending to Seven – arguably one of its biggest talking points – made it to the final cut at all was in notable part down to someone putting the wrong script in an envelope…! 

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