David Fincher Killed Brad Pitt’s $327M Thriller Sequel That Tried to Rope in Morgan Freeman, Called the Idea Worse Than Stubbing Cigarettes in His Eyes

David Fincher Killed Brad Pitt's $327M Thriller Sequel That Tried to Rope in Morgan Freeman, Called the Idea Worse Than Stubbing Cigarettes in His Eyes
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David Fincher is one of the most renowned individuals in Hollywood. He has made a name for himself as an incredibly talented and versatile filmmaker, being responsible for masterpieces like Fight Club, Gone Girl, The Social Network, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. He has also received a number of Acadamy Award nominations throughout the span of his career.

David Fincher at an event
David Fincher

Fincher’s film, Se7en, was incredibly successful, having an A-list cast with actors like Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, and Gwyneth Paltrow. The film left its viewers with an intense feeling of dread and claustrophobia. Despite being loved by its audiences, the film had no potential for a sequel, ending on a satisfactory note. It is quite common for popular films to be turned into multi-film franchises, trying to milk the film for all its worth. It would seem that this almost happened to the 1995 film.

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Was There Going To Be A Sequal For David Fincher’s Se7en?

Due to the success of David Fincher’s Se7en, there was a sequel in the works for the 1995 film. Reportedly named Ei8ht, there could have been many different plots that the film could have followed. The film was supposed to follow Morgan Freeman’s character, Somerset, who, perhaps because of the trauma of the John Doe case, may have acquired a sixth sense of getting powers that previously didn’t exist.

Brad Pitt and David Fincher
Brad Pitt and David Fincher

There were many other potential storylines, including Somerset messing with on Ouija board while trying to contact Detective Mills’ dead wife, which resulted in him getting supernatural powers.

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David Fincher Did Not Like The Idea Of A Se7en Sequel

Regardless of the storyline, it is quite obvious that a sequel may not have been the best idea, considering that there were rumors going around that the film would feature a character from another popular film at the time, Hanibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs. There were headlines at the time which reported that Lecter would be the hero in the Se7en sequel.

Brad Pitt in Se7en
Brad Pitt in Se7en

“I would have less interest in that than I would in having cigarettes put out in my eyes.” he stated.

While this idea obviously sounded incredibly ridiculous, it would seem that the entire concept of a sequel for the 1995 film was something that Fincher himself was quite against. The director stated that he did like the idea about as much as he would like cigarettes being put out on his eyes.

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