David Fincher gave an interview to Total Film in which he revealed that he was at one point in talks to direct Star Wars: Episode VII. The only problem, it turns out, is that David Fincher is 100% incapable of directing anything that doesn’t give you nightmares. He admits that he is naturally drawn to the darker material:
It’s tricky… My favourite 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!’And he even gives us a glimpse of how dark he wanted to go with this story:
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.I’m so torn on this one. On the one hand, David Fincher should direct everything ever. On the other hand, I really don’t need tersely tense, sexually charged, Trent Reznor-scored Ewoks in my nightmares, I have enough neuroses already, thank you. And it really is impossible that David Fincher’s Star Wars could go any other way. Even The Social Network gave me as big a phobia of Harvard dudes as Seven did heads in boxes. The man is incapable of non-horrifying material.
Still, if there’s anyone who I’d want to fuel my space-themed nightmares, it’s Fincher. They would be glorious.