– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Nowadays, it seems like you only have a few types of filmmakers, those who do blockbusters, those who do indies, and those leftover who are still able to do something in between. One such filmmaker is David Fincher. The man has his fair share of classic films under his belt, no doubt, but even he’s reluctant to hop onto a big franchise film.

Speaking on the Empire Podcast, Fincher discussed why he hasn’t jumped at the idea of directing something like a Star Wars flick, and in his explanation, he points to the constant pressure and time commitment required:

“No, I talked to [producer Kathleen Kennedy] about that and look, it’s a plum assignment. I don’t know what’s worse: being George Lucas on the set of the first one where everyone’s going, ‘Alderaan? What the hell is this?’ Where everyone’s making fun, but I can’t imagine the kind of intestinal fortitude one has to have following up the success of these last two. That’s a whole other level. One is that you have to endure the withering abuse of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, and the other is you have to live up to a billion or a billion-five, and that becomes its own kind of pressure.”

“I think [The Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner] had the best job. He had a pretty great script and he had the middle story. He didn’t have to worry about where it started and he didn’t have to worry about where it ended. And he had the great reveal.”

“You’d have to really clear your head, I think. You’d have to really be sure this is what you wanted to do because either way it’s two years of your life, 14 hours a day, seven days a week.”

There’s also something he didn’t mention, which is the loss of one’s own voice. Of course, if you’re new to the industry, jumping onto a film like Star Wars is often a big pipe dream. But when you’ve been in it for a while, chances are you’ve had chances to develop your own voice, and to have that taken away in service of making $1 billion at the box office is likely to be a bit soul-sucking to someone who’s been able to make a good living off of doing what they love.

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SOURCE: The Empire Podcast (via Collider)

  • Lenin1959

    Wouldn’t it have been amazing that after the meh episode VII and a hopefully good episode VIII (I have trust in Rian Johnson!), it would have ended on a high note with David Fincher putting an end to the Skywalker saga? Then again, David Fincher learned from his past: his war with the suits during the production of Alien 3 definitely has a lot to do with why D. Fincher won’t do another sequel to a wellknown saga. Kathleen Kennedy has already fired or relegated some directors – why should he walk into the same trap twice?

  • Kronx

    I’d love to see him do a lower budget anthology film that pushes the idea of what a Star Wars film can be. Disney hasn’t really pushed the genre much. Rogue One was a toe in the pool, but it can go much further.

    • Broian

      They need to get outside the main characters and story lines for sure. That is what makes Rebels fun. We have no idea where those characters end up where as the prequels and Clone Wars we knew who would and wouldn’t make it to a major extent.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    First rule of Knights of Ren is, you don’t talk about Knights of Ren. Second Rule of Knights of Ren is, you do not..talk..about…Knights of Ren.

  • Duck O’Death

    Not enough INT BASEMENT NIGHT in Star Wars for Fincher 🙂

  • Fallout Boy!

    Meh. He worked on ROTJ… He knows how boring it can be…

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.