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David Fincher Discusses Difficulties in Directing STAR WARS Films

David Fincher Discusses Difficulties in Directing STAR WARS Films

Stating a lot of the obvious in a recent podcast with Empire, Gone Girl and The Social Network director David Fincher spoke about his reluctance to participate in a huge blockbuster project and in particular in the Star Wars franchise, given the expectations and challenges that are inherent in a multi-billion dollar project of that nature.

“No, I talked to 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.”

Fincher also added that of all the movies in the franchise it was probably the second one that was the easiest from the directorial perspective and explained why:

“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.”

Given some of the “creative differences” that have arisen out of recent projects in the franchise like Solo: A Star Wars Story, Fincher is obviously right that a visionary director like him will have much less leeway to import that vision into a project.

Still, we’d like to see the moody and dark filmmaker take a stab at one of these one day, wouldn’t you?

Give us your thoughts!

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J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film ‘The Lost Weekend’ is pure coincidence

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