Fans of serial-killer cinema have clamored for a sequel to David Fincher’s Se7en for years – and now they might be getting it, albeit in a completely unofficial capacity.
Back in 2011, Moviehole reported that the Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins film Solace was at one time contorted into a sequel to the wildly popular 1995 film starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman.
Originally, the movie was about a psychic/former doctor who joins the FBI to track down a killer. However, Warner Bros. execs saw more potential in the idea as a sequel and changed the doctor/psychic character into Freeman’s William Somerset in a new draft. They were even calling it Se7en 2 internally.
For whatever reason, the project never got off the ground in that form – and it was eventually rewritten yet again, this time turning it back into Solace – which features Hopkins as the psychic, helping an FBI agent (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) hunt down a serial killer played by Farrell.
Farrell himself told FEARnet that that film shares some common elements with Se7en (it’s about guys hunting a serial killer), but that it’s a stand-alone film.
“It explores a similar genre to Seven, but it's different. I haven't seen a single frame of it yet, but I can't wait to see how the film turns out."
Meanwhile, director Afonso Poyat says that the movie has ties to both Se7en and Silence of the Lambs, but it’s about more than that.
“The film has a influence of Se7en and Silence of the Lambs, but tried to flee the genre. I do not think Solace is a serial-killer movie, it is only its outer layer. In the background the film is much more than that, talking about life and death, and raises some interesting moral dilemmas.”
So, which is it guys? We won’t know for sure until we start seeing some trailers and more from Solace – and unfortunately, that doesn’t seem likely anytime soon. The film still has no official release date.
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