David Fincher Held Talks With LucasFilm Over Directing Star Wars: Episode VII
Before JJ Abrams was confirmed as the director for Star Wars: Episode VII, there was an insane level of debate over just who would get what is arguably the toughest job to hit Hollywood in years. Just about every director under the sun was linked with the job, from Brad Bird to Steven Spielberg, but what of legendary director David Fincher? Back in 2012, it was reported that the Fight Club and Se7en director had held talks with LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy over the possibility of directing Episode VII, but what happened after was never quite cleared up. Now, in a new interview with Total Film the director's comments shed a bit more light on why a Fincher-helmed Star Wars movie is not, at present, a reality.
"I talked to Kathy about it, but I think that it's a different thing from... I don't know what Disney-Lucasfilm will be like," said Fincher. "It's tricky. My favourite 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!'
So clearly Fincher was concerned about how much license he would have with a studio like Disney in charge. Fincher is renowned for demanding a great deal of autonomy over his movies, so any concern that this wouldn't be the case when working with Disney would surely be a huge factor for both parties. But let's say Fincher and Kennedy were able to work it out. What would a David Fincher Star Wars look like?
"I always thought of Star Wars as 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," said Fincher. "I thought it was an interesting idea in the first two, but it's kind of gone by Return Of The Jedi."
As you can tell from the quote above, Fincher has a unique way of interpreting and telling stories. He's a masterful director and storyteller, but I have to say that he maybe lacks that flash of playfulness that is such an integral part of any Star Wars product. Many will hold up Alien 3 as a reason to breathe a sigh of relief that Fincher didn't get this particular job, but that movie was a failure for more reasons than just the director's vision. If Fincher was able to overcome his doubts about working with Disney, I would love to see him take a stab at one of the upcoming spin-off movies. Giving him a chance to really build a world around a character like Yoda or Han would surely create an absolutely fascinating movie.
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