David Fincher Originally Met With Lucasfilm About Star Wars: Episode 7

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Before Disney selected J.J. Abrams as the man responsible for ushering in a new era of Star Wars, Gone Girl's David Fincher met with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy about the possibility of directing Episode VII back in 2012. Whoa.


According to /Film, Kennedy wanted Fincher for the job, but Fincher turned it down. But based on his quotes during an interview with Total Film, it doesn't really seem like they saw eye-to-eye on the film anyways. Here's Fincher:

"It's tricky," he adds. "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!'

"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... I thought it was an interesting idea in the first two, but it's kind of gone by Return Of The Jedi."


Uh... well, I can see why Kennedy wouldn't be super-excited about that take. A movie about "the ultimate folly of man" probably wouldn't sell as many action figures and t-shirts as J.J. Abrams' Episode VII will. Still, I wonder what might have been...

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I'm happy he turned it down. I like Fincher a lot, but he makes dark, brutal, pessimistic movie about the dark side of humanity.

Star Wars is not that. Star Wars is positive, it is an epic adventure where the good guys fight bad guys across incredible vistas. Even Empire Strikes Back ends not on "we are all doomed" but on "We're gonna fix this."

Star Wars is not about slavery or human folly. Star Wars is about wide-eyed adventure. I'm all for another Fincher-directed SF movie, but SW is not the property for him.