‘Seven’: How a David Fincher Mail Mix-Up Lead to the Legendary Ending


David Fincher’s 1995 thriller “Seven,” starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, has a shocking ending that almost didn’t happen due to a mail mix-up.

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 the director 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 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 with the shocking twist accidentally landed in the hands of Fincher.

“[Fincher] expressed some interest, 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, ‘Oh, no, no, no. We sent you the wrong draft.’ And then they sent him the vastly rewritten, Jeremiah Chechik draft, which had a completely different ending and Fincher said, ‘No, I wouldn’t be interested in doing that.’”

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From there, Fincher met with Walker to discuss his film, which eventually got made with the original ending intact.

“He is one of the rare people who is respectful of every piece of material that comes across his purview,” added Walker. “He’s not a person that you hand the blueprints to a house and he says, ‘OK, let’s go make this into a boat.’”

Since then, Walker has done uncredited work with the filmmaker on films such as “The Game” and “Fight Club,” among others.

“Every one of those writing experience with David, was the best experience you could possibly hope for, regardless of the fact that so many of them never got made. And I’m very lucky,” Walker concluded.

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IndieWire’s Movie Podcast: Screen Talk (Episode 131): Oscar Ballots Are In. Now What?


Anyone invested in Oscar season spends a lot of time anticipating which films and performances might get nominated. The only thing that can stop the speculation is the nominations themselves — and they’re right around the corner. Oscar ballots for nominations were due this Friday, and the nominees will be announced on January 24.

So which films have the most momentum at this crucial turning point? That’s the focus of this week’s episode of Screen Talk, as Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson talk through the contenders and look ahead to next week’s start of the Sundance Film Festival.

Listen to the full episode above.

Screen Talk is available on iTunes. You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter or sound off in the comments. Browse previous installments here, review the show on  and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. Check out the rest of Indiewire’s podcasts on iTunes right here.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw to Star in Julia Hart’s Drama ‘Fast Color’


Director Julia Hart made waves at last year’s SXSW Festival with her breakthrough film “Miss Stevens.” Now, the writer and director is gearing up to helm her next feature, “Fast Color, which has just found its lead actress: Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Co-written by Hart and Jordan Horowitz, the actress will portray Ruth, a woman who is forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Years after having abandoned her family, the only place she has left to hide is home.

Principal photography for the film will begin in New Mexico on March 13.

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“Fast Color” hails from “La La Land” producer Horowitz via Original Headquarters and “Jackie” producers Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon of LD Entertainment. LD will fully finance the project.

Hart’s directorial debut, “Miss Stevens,” was among the most talked about films at the 2016 South by Southwest Festival, earning Lily Rabe the Special Jury Recognition prize for her lead performance. Her debut script “The Keeping Room” landed on the 2012 Black List and was made into a feature directed by Daniel Barber in 2014.

Mbatha-Raw has become one of Hollywood’s most sought after actresses. She’ll next be seen in the live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast,” out March 17 and will star in Paramount Pictures’ “God Particle” with David Oyelowo. The actress is currently in production on Disney’s movie adaptation of “Wrinkle in Time,” directed by Ava DuVernay.

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‘Carpinteros (Woodpeckers)’ Exclusive Trailer and Poster: A Young Man Finds Love In a Dominican Republic Prison


The Sundance Film Festival is soon approaching and that means many will be able to catch the first premieres of 2017. One of the films that will premiere in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition is “Carpinteros (Woodpeckers),” about a young man who finds love in a Dominican Republic Prison. When Julián (Jean Jean) steps off the bus and becomes fresh meat in Najayo Prison, he didn’t know that he would become a Woodpecker, prisoners who romance ladies incarcerated at the women’s prison 150 meters across the way, or find the love of his life. But soon, he encounters Yanelly (Judith Rodriguez Perez) and must find a way to win her love, all while keeping it a secret and escaping the walls that trap his heart. Watch an exclusive trailer from the film below and check out the poster as well.

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The film is written and directed by José María Cabral. He has previously directed five feature films, including “Check Mate,” which was selected as the Dominican entry for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012.

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“Carpinteros (Woodpeckers)” will make its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. It will first screen on Monday, January 23 at 8:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre. For information on other screenings, check out the Sundance website.

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