Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker wrote “Seven” back in the early 1990s and at the time “Christmas Vacation” director Jeremiah Chechik was slated to helm.
Chechik requested numerous changes from Walker, including ditching the now famous ending with ‘the box’. Walker reworked the script, resigned to the fact his original work would likely never make it to the big screen at all.
As the project floated around, young rising filmmaker David Fincher was accidentally sent Walker’s original draft with the ending intact. Walker, out promoting his new animated comedy “Nerdland,” tells Heat Vision this week:
“[Fincher] expressed some interest, but in expressing his interest to them, had mentioned there was a head in the box, 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.'”
Fincher and Walker then had their first meeting, and that began a friendship and professional relationship that would change Walker’s life. The film then made its way to cinemas and became the legendary work it is now.
Walker has since performed uncredited work on Fincher’s “The Game” and “Fight Club,” and did rewrites on the currently in development “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” which both had Fincher attached at one time.