Here’s A Trailer For SOLACE, The SEVEN Sequel That Almost Was

No, really.

Here's a trailer for Afonso Poyart's Solace, which appears to be another standard-issue "Cops hunting a serial killer" movie (unique angle: the killer's psychic, but so is one of the cops), but actually has something of an interesting production history. 

Check it out and then we'll discuss.

So, here's the thing: Solace was originally picked up by New Line with the intention of retrofitting the script into a sequel to David Fincher's Seven. Think what they did when they turned Simon Says into Die Hard With A Vengeance: the character names would've been changed, Morgan Freeman would've played the Anthony Hopkins role (why is Morgan Freeman's Seven character now psychic? Don't worry about that), and New Line wanted David Fincher to come in and direct. You'll never believe this, but Fincher wasn't interested!

Thus we ended up with Solace, which has an admittedly impressive cast but seems like it may fall short of the deliriously skeevy heights achieved by Fincher's Seven. Last I heard, Solace wrapped production ages ago and has been sitting on a shelf ever since. Do with that information what you will.

Here's the official synopsis, via The Playlist. See if you can spot what chances they would've made to retrofit this thing into a Seven sequel:

When FBI Special Agent Joe Merriwether (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is unable to solve a series of homicides, he decides to enlist the help of his former colleague Dr. John Clancy (Anthony Hopkins), a retired physician with psychic powers. The reclusive Clancy, who shuttered his practice and retreated from the world following the death of his daughter and subsequent break-up of his marriage, wants nothing to do with the case. He soon changes his mind after seeing disturbingly violent visions of Joe’s partner, FBI Special Agent Katherine Cowles’s (Abbie Cornish) ultimate demise. When Clancy’s exceptional intuitive powers put him on the trail of a suspect, Charles Ambrose (Colin Farrell), the doctor soon realizes his abilities are no match against the extraordinary powers of this vicious murderer on a mission.

Solace will hit select theaters and OnDemand on December 16th. You'll forget about that, though, because that's the weekend Rogue One comes out, so set a reminder in your phone now if you're interested in seeing this oddity (and do let us know if it's any good when the time comes).