David Fincher Met for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII; Explains Why He Turned It Down

     September 29, 2014

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With the upcoming release of David Fincher‘s Gone Girl this Friday, the director has been making the press rounds.  Naturally, he was asked about Star Wars because you can ask any director about it, and he said he did have a meeting with producer Kathleen Kennedy about helming Star Wars: Episode VII.  Before you get too excited, keep in mind that the producers likely cast a very wide net, and just because Fincher had a conversation about the movie, that doesn’t mean he got anywhere close to doing it.

In fact, he explained why he turned it down as well as his interesting take on A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

david-fincherTalking to Total Film, Fincher admitted that directing Episode VII wouldn’t be an easy prospect, and although he likes Empire Strikes Back, he feels he wouldn’t get the opportunity to make a movie in the vein of the series’ darkest chapter (sorry, Revenge of the Sith; first you have to make me care about the characters):

“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!’

He may need to be a little bit more specific.

Fincher also sees A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back in a way I’ve never heard before:

“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.”

So Fincher sees Star Wars as the story of slaves, and his favorite in the series is the darkest one.  Yep.  That sounds about right.

If you want to know more about Fincher’s work, feel free to check out my ongoing retrospective. </shameless plug>

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