Revered filmmaker David Fincher regrets ignoring his longtime partner, producer Cean Chaffin, when she urged him not to direct 1997 thriller The Game.

In hindsight, Fincher admits he was wrong to make the film, which starred Michael Douglas and Sean Penn, without figuring out how it would end.

He tells Playboy, "She (Chaffin) was extremely vociferous... when she said, 'Don't make The Game'. In hindsight my wife was right. We didn't figure out the third act, and it was my fault, because I thought if you could just keep your foot on the throttle it would be liberating and funny."

The director also admits he'd make his classic thriller Seven differently if he had to reshoot it today, adding, "I would have a lot more fun. It was only by the time I did Zodiac or (The Curious Case of) Benjamin Button that I knew what I was doing."