Back in 1995, director David Fincher and screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker (The Wolfman) collaborated on what is now touted as a "crime classic" and "a blueprint for modern serial killer movies." That movie was Se7en, and I totally agree with all the praise that's been heaped upon it (it recently featured in our "Horror Plus" series).
Now, 14 years later, Fincher and Walker are going to be collaborating once more, this time on an adaptation of the novel The Reincarnation of Peter Proud for Columbia. THR's Heat Vision Blog reports the news of their involvement, along with producer Michael De Luca (Blade, Ghost Rider). The author of the book, Max Ehrlich, adapted it into a movie in 1975 of the same name, so I guess in a way this movie is a remake by Fincher (there's that "remake or new adaptation" question again). According to THR:
"'Proud' 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."
Sounds like a perfect match for Fincher's often gritty and off-kilter style, although the first movie that sprung to my mind was the Jim Carrey-starring The Number 23 (which, admittedly, I actually liked). The 1975 adaptation - a supernatural thriller - apparently drew controversy at the time because of a subplot [SPOILER ALERT!!!] involving incest [END SPOILER]; I just wonder if Walker will write that into his new version (I haven't read the book so I don't know if that subplot was concocted just for the movie). The creative team are going to go back to Ehrlich's original novel as their source, and are said to be contemporizing the story.
I'm guessing Fincher will first be focusing on his Facebook movie, The Social Network (he's set to start shooting very soon), before he moves onto Peter Proud. But when he does move on, I'll be very glad to see him return to the thriller genre, which he has proven a master of, with the likes of Se7en, The Game, Panic Room and Fight Club (to some extent). His last two films - the fantastic Zodiac and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - saw him put on his classy hat. Now let's see him get down and dirty all over again...
What do you think of Fincher and Walker re-teaming for Peter Proud? Does the premise sound like a good fit for Fincher's style? Have you seen the 1975 adaptation of the novel?
The Reincarnation of Peter Proud currently doesn't have a set shooting or release date. Stay tuned.
Source: THR's Heat Vision Blog