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Star Wars Rumor Mill: Is David Fincher open to directing a Star Wars movie?

Nov. 30, 2012by: Alex Maidy

David Fincher's name has been thrown around since STAR WARS: EPISODE VII was announced as a dream director. The guy used to work at Industrial Light & Magic and got his start as a filmmaker on RETURN OF THE JEDI and INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM. The guy has the history with George Lucas and is an amazing director.

Until now, he was just a dream contender and not anyone we heard as having an actual shot at making a new STAR WARS. While it appears unlikely he will helm STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, Deadline briefly mentions this rumor along with the fact they hear Fincher would be open to it.

I would love to see Fincher tackle a STAR WARS movie, but maybe something more like the Knights of the Old Republic as opposed to the main storyline. Either way it would be a win for movie fans to get a Fincher STAR WARS.

Check out the reverence Fincher shows for the franchise from this interview with Collider:

“Star Wars. Empire. It’s the only answer. I appreciate Star Wars; it’s an amazing accomplishment, it is an A+. I think Empire’s an A++ because it’s one of those movies where it was, remember, it was my senior year of high school in the summer. When I saw that George Lucas was going to do the AT-ATs on baking soda with stop-motion and he was going to turn a pivotal character over to Frank Oz and he was going to play it as a Muppet, I thought, “This fucking guy has balls, man.” It’s unreal the risks that he will take in order to tell us his story. And the fact that it comes off so well, that it’s so deftly done, is just the ultimate to me, the cobbling together of all of these magical disciplines to make this thing that is so much greater than the sum of its parts. That’s spectacular. The cast is spectacular, everybody works well, it’s fun, it’s crazy good. Crazy good entertainment, amazing cinema.”

That sounds like the right guy for the job, doesn't it?

Extra Tidbit: Jon Favreau also restated his interest in the job. Sir Derek Jacobi also threw his hat in the ring for an elder Jedi role. I cannot wait for official news!
Source: DeadlineCollider

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5:03PM on 11/30/2012

I'd be ok with this

This does throw a wrench into his "20000 Leagues" movie. Thats suppose to have a 2014 or 2015 release date. Though i wouldnt mind him skipping that to do star wars. And i never really thought Alien 3 was all that bad.
This does throw a wrench into his "20000 Leagues" movie. Thats suppose to have a 2014 or 2015 release date. Though i wouldnt mind him skipping that to do star wars. And i never really thought Alien 3 was all that bad.
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5:03PM on 11/30/2012

Fincher is my favorite director, but...

He basically just said the same thing any Empire fan would say. I wouldn't really call this news. He didn't say anywhere that he'd be interested in directing one. I'll still hope that he does one day, though.
He basically just said the same thing any Empire fan would say. I wouldn't really call this news. He didn't say anywhere that he'd be interested in directing one. I'll still hope that he does one day, though.
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5:33PM on 11/30/2012

Fuck Johnny Favs...

Fincher is the man now, dog.
He was atop my list when we did CAST THIS. And he still is. To bring him on for the 2nd film in the new trilogy would be tantamount (tonally) to EMPIRE. He can add some pretty heavy vibes and slick direction to a stellar concept. If indeed the concept is stellar.

Team Fincher!!!
Fincher is the man now, dog.
He was atop my list when we did CAST THIS. And he still is. To bring him on for the 2nd film in the new trilogy would be tantamount (tonally) to EMPIRE. He can add some pretty heavy vibes and slick direction to a stellar concept. If indeed the concept is stellar.

Team Fincher!!!
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5:36PM on 11/30/2012

NOOOO to Fincher!

I enjoy David Fincher as much as the next man but his pace is to slow and cerebral for the Star Wars universe. The action sequence will not have any creative movements or rhythm. Let's not forget Aliens 3! Now Matthew Vaughn is the perfect choice being he proved to be very creative when it comes to action and cerebral enough to keep you intrigued. Sorry but no Fincher please.
I enjoy David Fincher as much as the next man but his pace is to slow and cerebral for the Star Wars universe. The action sequence will not have any creative movements or rhythm. Let's not forget Aliens 3! Now Matthew Vaughn is the perfect choice being he proved to be very creative when it comes to action and cerebral enough to keep you intrigued. Sorry but no Fincher please.
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6:17PM on 11/30/2012

Definitely down with this

And another reason to be down with this? The dude worked on Return of the Jedi. I believe it was his first job in Hollywood. If we can take Lawrence Kasdan back, then we can DEFINITELY take Fincher back into Star Wars.
And another reason to be down with this? The dude worked on Return of the Jedi. I believe it was his first job in Hollywood. If we can take Lawrence Kasdan back, then we can DEFINITELY take Fincher back into Star Wars.
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6:17PM on 11/30/2012
And somehow I didn't see this was already written into the article. Balls.
And somehow I didn't see this was already written into the article. Balls.
8:05PM on 11/30/2012
"When I saw that George Lucas was going to do the AT-ATs on baking soda with stop-motion and he was going to turn a pivotal character over to Frank Oz and he was going to play it as a Muppet, I thought, This fucking guy has balls, man. Its unreal the risks that he will take in order to tell us his story."

I sincerely hope that come Star Wars VII and beyond, the filmmaker will continue to innovate the same way Lucas and co. did back in the day. Harping on the overuse of CGI in the Star
"When I saw that George Lucas was going to do the AT-ATs on baking soda with stop-motion and he was going to turn a pivotal character over to Frank Oz and he was going to play it as a Muppet, I thought, This fucking guy has balls, man. Its unreal the risks that he will take in order to tell us his story."

I sincerely hope that come Star Wars VII and beyond, the filmmaker will continue to innovate the same way Lucas and co. did back in the day. Harping on the overuse of CGI in the Star Wars prequels is old, and I'm fully aware of how hard all the digital artists at ILM worked on the visuals for the prequels and that they were at times extremely impressive, and that it's more cost-efficient to do some things digitally these days - but I hope that, like Prometheus, Star Wars VII accomplishes as much in-camera and with practical effects as possible.

David FIncher is a very admirable director and a master craftsman through and through (sitting through his Social Network commentary felt like mini film school, it was awesome), though to my knowledge he hasn't done anything that can be considered remotely kid-friendly just yet, and the Star Wars films are meant to be more or less family entertainment, if not "children's movies" per se. If he takes it on, I'd definitely be down. I'm sure Fincher is all ready to prove that he can do much better sci-fi than Alien 3.
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10:37PM on 11/30/2012

No lie, I was honestly thinking of Fincher directing a Star Wars movie just a few days ago

I think Fincher would make the film look absolutely gorgeous and would definitely get amazing performances from his cast. The main thing that's exciting however, is how it would make up for the one terrible film in his filmography--Alien 3.
I think Fincher would make the film look absolutely gorgeous and would definitely get amazing performances from his cast. The main thing that's exciting however, is how it would make up for the one terrible film in his filmography--Alien 3.
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9:11AM on 12/01/2012

Alien 3...

People seems to forget how NOT a FINCHER movie ALIEN 3 actually is...
He was basically thrown out the editing room and almost 'Alan Smethee'ed it...
So, considering it's a Fincher movie is not totally accurate, to me...
Even the so called Director's Cut edition is not his, because he NEVER wanted to go back to this movie... Much like David Lynch with DUNE... Which coincidently was 'directed by Alan Smethee' for the extended TV cut !
People seems to forget how NOT a FINCHER movie ALIEN 3 actually is...
He was basically thrown out the editing room and almost 'Alan Smethee'ed it...
So, considering it's a Fincher movie is not totally accurate, to me...
Even the so called Director's Cut edition is not his, because he NEVER wanted to go back to this movie... Much like David Lynch with DUNE... Which coincidently was 'directed by Alan Smethee' for the extended TV cut !
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2:58PM on 12/01/2012
First off, I'd love to see Derek Jacobi in the series. I'd love to see more of that guy in general. And I appreciate the Fincher quote because it has been SO many years since I revisited the trilogy I'd forgotten what it was about the originals that so mesmerized me. I'm still skeptical until we stop seeing "rumor" attached to the news.
First off, I'd love to see Derek Jacobi in the series. I'd love to see more of that guy in general. And I appreciate the Fincher quote because it has been SO many years since I revisited the trilogy I'd forgotten what it was about the originals that so mesmerized me. I'm still skeptical until we stop seeing "rumor" attached to the news.
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4:02PM on 12/01/2012

Would be cool but...

it wont happen, it jut sounds like more rumor mill hubub, who will they mention next? Terence Mailick? David Cronenberg? Wake me up when they annouce who's actually directing.
it wont happen, it jut sounds like more rumor mill hubub, who will they mention next? Terence Mailick? David Cronenberg? Wake me up when they annouce who's actually directing.
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9:20AM on 12/03/2012
Interesting.
Interesting.
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11:26AM on 12/03/2012

Still No

I do not know why people feel he is a good fit. I am big fan of Fincher but just not something of this magnitude. The guy is an amazing director for his type of cerebral, medium pace story telling but just not this. It is like asking him to do Transformers or Lord of The Rings and having the same kick ass feel (to put it in plain terms.) All because you can direct a movie does not mean you are qualified to direct any movie.
I do not know why people feel he is a good fit. I am big fan of Fincher but just not something of this magnitude. The guy is an amazing director for his type of cerebral, medium pace story telling but just not this. It is like asking him to do Transformers or Lord of The Rings and having the same kick ass feel (to put it in plain terms.) All because you can direct a movie does not mean you are qualified to direct any movie.
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11:45AM on 12/03/2012

Still No

I do not know why people feel he is a good fit. I am big fan of Fincher but just not something of this magnitude. The guy is an amazing director for his type of cerebral, medium pace story telling but just not this. It is like asking him to do Transformers or Lord of The Rings and having the same kick ass feel (to put it in plain terms.) All because you can direct a movie does not mean you are qualified to direct any movie.
I do not know why people feel he is a good fit. I am big fan of Fincher but just not something of this magnitude. The guy is an amazing director for his type of cerebral, medium pace story telling but just not this. It is like asking him to do Transformers or Lord of The Rings and having the same kick ass feel (to put it in plain terms.) All because you can direct a movie does not mean you are qualified to direct any movie.
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