Animated Se7en storyboard leak reminds us of David Fincher’s controversial alternate ending


Did the controversial alternate ending work? What do you think?

To this day, Se7en is remembered by critics and fans alike as a masterpiece of modern cinema. This was David Fincher’s second film and cemented his place in Hollywood as a technically proficient, visionary director in the wake of the Alien 3 fiasco.

One of the biggest stories about Se7en after its production was that there was an alternate ending that was never made that the studio felt would work better as an ending for the film so audiences could better relate to Mills (Brad Pitt’s figure) feels.

Fincher Analyst’s YouTube channel includes the animated storyboards as a proof of concept for this alternate ending. You can watch them with Fincher’s explanation below:

In this alternate ending is Somerset (Morgan Freeman in the film) who ends up shooting John Doe so his partner doesn’t become a killer.

Though for his comments, it seems like neither Fincher, actor Brad Pitt, nor screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker felt the alternate ending would work. They believed that the controversial alternative ending wasn’t as effective and would have compromised the film’s central idea: “You step on evil and you have evil on you.”

David Fincher has always been known as a perfectionist and methodical director, and his explanations in this YouTube video work perfectly as a master class in intention and what a storyboard should accomplish. He also makes clear his intentions for the film’s ending and why he wanted it to end the way everyone saw it in theaters, with Mills shooting John Doe. Animated Se7en storyboard leak reminds us of David Fincher’s controversial alternate ending

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