David Fincher Met With Lucasfilm About Directing ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away (AKA, a few years ago), David Fincher was courted to direct 'Star Wars: Episode 7.' We know how that turned out: J.J. Abrams ultimately landed the job and Fincher went on to direct an adaptation of Gillian Flynn's 'Gone Girl.' However, in the world of trivia, this has got to be one of the most interesting near-misses in blockbuster history.
Although he's made popular films like 'The Social Network' and 'Fight Club,' Fincher has never sat behind the camera on a major Hollywood blockbuster (and we won't classify 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' as such). He did almost make an adaptation of Jules Verne's '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' at Disney, which was where he met 'Star Wars: Episode 7' producer Kathleen Kennedy, with whom he discussed the possibility of taking on the hugely anticipated sequel.
Although it ultimately didn't go forward, Fincher talked about the situation with Total Film and described what he finds interesting about the 'Star Wars' films. It turns out that he, like you, me and everyone else, thinks 'Episode 5' is the best of the bunch:
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!'
Considering that Fincher dropped out of '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' after studio meddling, it doesn't surprise us that he'd be concerned about that on an even bigger project that has "star" and "wars" in the title. However, if we did get a Fincher-directed 'Star Wars' movie, the results may have looked a little, well, odd. What he finds appealing about the original films may throw fans for a loop:
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.
Huh. Thanks for making us realize that everyone's favorite droids are slaves, Mr. Fincher. Way to ruin it for all of us!
We kid because we love. 'Gone Girl' opens this week and 'Star Wars: Episode 7' will hit theaters on December 18, 2015.