David Fincher Passed Up Chance to Direct New Star Wars Movie
So, we all know by now that J.J. Abrams will be in charge of bringing Star Wars back to the big screen, but do you know that was not always the case? In fact, director David Fincher recently revealed that at one point he was talking to Lucasfilm and Disney about directing Star Wars: Episode VII. Fincher, who is currently promoting his latest film Gone Girl, admitted in an interview with Total Film that, “I talked to [Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy] about it, but I think that it’s a different thing from… I don’t know what Disney-Lucasfilm will be like. It’s tricky… My favorite is The Empire Strikes Back. If I said, ‘I want to do something more like that,’ then I’m sure the people paying for it would be like, ‘No! You can’t do that! We want it like the other one with all the creatures!’”
Fincher then went on to say that to him Star Wars was about “the story of two slaves [C-3PO and R2-D2] who go from owner to owner, witnessing their masters’ folly, the ultimate folly of man… I thought it was an interesting idea in the first two, but it’s kind of gone by Return Of The Jedi.” Hmm, well that’s one way to look at it. Fincher is definitely someone who knows his Return of the Jedi, though. The director worked on the movie back in the day as an assistant cameraman.
Personally it doesn’t matter to me if Fincher directs the film or Abrams, I’m just excited to have another installment of this franchise in my life. Since Fincher did make these comments, you just know that there will be a group of uber fans who will argue until they’re blue in the face that Abrams did not do as good of a job as Fincher would have. It should be interesting to see if Fincher sticks to his guns or if he does eventually direct one of the many spin-off movies planned.
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