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David Fincher Helming a 'Reincarnation of Peter Proud' Adaptation

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November 8, 2009

David Fincher / The Reincarnation of Peter Proud

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?

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  • whomever
    Anything but Facebook.
  • Candy Castle
    Don't give up Heavy Metal David Fincher. But all together, The Reincarnation of Peter Proud sounds like an (other) promising project for Fincher.
  • Robbie
    I love David Fincher.
  • esophus
    "embarrassing films" I'm not quite sure I understand. Se7en was a masterpiece.
  • #4, what he meant was, although he knew very well that Se7en SHOULD BE a masterpiece, but he had never seen it until recently. That's why he is embarassed by it.
  • #3, SowYau on #5 hit it right on the head. It was one of those movies that I knew was going to be great and everyone sung its praises, and I was embarrassed that I had not yet seen it. I have a small list of some films considered classics and whatnot that I've yet to see and would be insanely embarrassed to admit to not seeing them. But I'm working on correcting that. Sorry about the confusion!
  • Hattori Hanzo
    I remember seeing the original when it was released and while I enjoyed the premise, it was lacking the suspense. Only scene I can still recall is when has in the lake at night trying to get climb back aboard a small rowboat and he was decked in the head with an oar. This is definetely one of those movies that warrants a good remake.
  • indyjack
    kevin spacey's best work
  • leinergroove
    "exquisite joy" indeed... seven is one of the most powerful films ever made. If you are a movie fan, it's a MUST. Besides "Zodiac" (i thinks is boring) I love every David Fincher work out there, even Alien 3, haha...
  • sedna
    FINALLY! He was eyeing this one for a long time. I first read about how he was interested in it in the biography book Dark Eye: Films of David Fincher
  • "But pairing him back with Andrew Kevin Walker and Michael De Luca is some of the best news I've heard in months." Okay, I'm confused by this statement. Ethan mentions Andrew Kevin Walker but fails to include that he wrote Seven. And David Fincher being paired again with the guy who's producing his film The Social Network. Fincher must have really liked De Luca's efforts, especially since De Luca is coming off of producing The Love Guru and Ghost Rider.
  • Travis, The fact that Andrew Kevin Walker wrote Seven is referred to in the opening paragraph when I say "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." Michael De Luca produced Seven with Fincher back when he was the President of Production at New Line Cinema. As for his blunders, it's easier for a big time producer like De Luca to have bombs because it's the director who's really held responsible for the film. So yes, pairing Fincher back with Andrew Kevin Walker and Michael De Luca is still some of the best news I've heard in months.

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