Back in 2012, many names were rumored for the covet job of directing Star Wars: Episode VII. And one of those names was David Fincher. Doing press for his thriller Gone Girl this past week, the director confirms that he actually did take a meeting with Kathleen Kennedy, saying that he considered the job for a split second, but ultimately passed.
David Fincher wanted to make another movie that looked like Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. It would have been dark in tone. And it would have been told through the eyes of droids C3PO and R2D2, whom he views as slaves.
David Fincher reveals for the first time:
"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. It's tricky. My favorite is 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."
Considering his body of work, David Fincher may seem like a very odd choice for Star Wars: Episode VII, as it fits along with nothing else in his previous work. Not even the dark sci-fi sequel Alien 3, a film than many consider a blight on the franchise for its departure from the previous two movies.
In 2012, though, Disney and Lucasfilm were unsure where to take the new Star Wars sequels, and were reaching out to many of today's top creative voices for an idea, ultimately landing on directors J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson for the new trilogy.
With a number of sequels and spin-offs planned, it might eventually come to fruition that David Fincher enters this world, but it's doubtful. What would a David Fincher directed Star Wars actually look like? And would you want to see that?