David Fincher Was Approached For STAR WARS EPISODE VII

Back in 2012, there was some rumors about  David Fincher being approached by Lucasfilm for Star Wars Episode VII. Well, that rumor is now a fact as recently confirmed by David Fincher himself. Of course J.J. Abrams is now the film’s director, but at first, he didn’t want to do it.  Among the people contacted for the role were David Fincher, known for such films as Alien 3 (1992),  and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011).

It’s revealed in this recent interview with Fincher that while he was indeed approached for the film he had a very different idea and direction for what the movie would be that didn’t mesh with what Lucasfilms wanted to produce.

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 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.


Fincher is a director who likes complete creative control of his films, and it doesn’t sound like Lucasfilm was willing to give him that.  Fincher’s Alien 3 is known for being very split among fans as either a horrible movie or a genius one.  This is arguably the best example of science fiction for him. However, another genre film, Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, was very successful all around, and his other movies have all done very well. It’s a safe assumption that he would’ve done good work with the latest entry in the Star Wars series. That being said, I still think J.J Abrams was the right choice for the director chair. He has more experience with these types of films having just directed two Star Trek  movies, so he surely knows what to deliver.

Star Wars Episode VII hits theaters December 18, 2015!

SOURCE: Total Film