Seven’s screenplay was heavily influenced by Walker’s as he ventures into New York City as a screenwriter. According to him, he didn’t like the city, but if it was not for New York City, he would not have completed the film. Walker initially had Al Pacino in mind for the role of Somerset, whose name was derived from his favorite British author, W. Somerset Maugham. Jeremiah S. Chechik was set to direct the film at one point. During Seven’s pre-production, Al Pacino was already up for the Somerset role, but he chose to work on another project. Denzel Washington and Sylvester Stallone were both offered the role of Mills, but both declined the project. Washington later expressed regrets about passing up the role. The screenplay’s ending had been previously rejected by distributor New Line before going for more traditional and action-packed elements for the ending. However, New Line erroneously sent David Fincher the original. Although the move not well-intentioned, it was a brilliant one. Fincher liked the screenplay and decided to direct the film despite having a frustrating experience in the past. Upon realizing his company’s own mistakes, then President of Production Michael De Luca approached Fincher and told that there was internal pressure to go with the revised version. However, producer Kopelson did not give a green light for the ending. But actor Pitt joined Fincher in protesting for the original ending. Pitt even put his role on the line for the project.
about the movie
Seven is a 1995 American neo-noir crime thriller film that follows the quest of two detectives who are pursuing a murderer whose crimes are motivated by the seven deadly sins. It is directed by David Fincher from a screenplay penned by Andrew Kevin Walker. It features Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman in the lead cast. They are joined Gwyneth Paltrow, John C. McGinley, R. Lee Ermey, and Kevin Spacey.