David Fincher Helming a 'Reincarnation of Peter Proud' Adaptation
by Ethan Anderton
November 8, 2009
I'll be honest and admit that only within the past month did I have the exquisite joy of finally seeing David Fincher's film Se7en for the first time. It was just one of those embarrassing films that I hadn't ever taken the time to see. But having been blown away by it, my excitement is now off the charts as THR's Heat Vision reports that the trio (director, writer, producer) behind the twisted serial killer thriller is reuniting for an adaptation of Max Ehrlich's novel The Reincarnation of Peter Proud. Fincher will be directing from a screenplay by Andrew Kevin Walker (of Se7en as well) and producing with Michael De Luca again.
Back in 1975 Ehrlich wrote an adaptation of his own book with J. Lee Thompson directing Michael Sarrazin and Margot Kidder in the film. The story centers on a college professor who begins having recurring dreams and nightmares and, realizing they are images of a past life, decides to search out the source of the visions. With his girlfriend in tow, he discovers a woman and her grown-up daughter who are keys to his past life. Since the novel is decades old, it will be modernized to fit in a contemporary society.
David Fincher is one of the most unique and brilliant filmmakers we have working today, moving from the charming, whimsical tale of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to the seemingly normal in The Social Network, about the founding of Facebook. But pairing him back with Andrew Kevin Walker and Michael De Luca is some of the best news I've heard in months. I'm not at all familiar with Ehrlich's novel, but it sounds like an interesting story, perfect for someone like David Fincher to bring to the big screen. Even though it's one of many projects Fincher has lined up to direct, we're already looking forward to it. How about you?