David Fincher is one of Hollywood’s most celebrated directors, earning two Academy Award nominations for his work on The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network. A few years ago, Fincher was one of the names being considered by Lucasfilm to direct the film that eventually came to be known as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now, the famed director is revealing why he chose to walk away.
The task of reuniting the original Star Wars cast and creating a new chapter for the legendary franchise was sure to be a massive undertaking for any director.
It turns out that immense pressure was enough to keep Fincher from taking the job, as tempting an offer as it might have been.
“I can’t imagine the kind of intestinal fortitude one has to have,” says Fincher in a new interview this week. “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.”
Obviously, Fincher is joking about Ford and Fisher, though neither is known for suffering fools lightly, especially when it comes to directors.
Though he’s known mostly for critically-acclaimed drama films, Fincher is no stranger to big budget blockbusters himself.
Fincher started his career with the ill-fated 1992 film Alien 3, on which he clashed with producers over budget and script issues.
In June 2017, it was announced that Fincher would reteam with frequent collaborator Brad Pitt on a sequel to the big budget zombie film, World War Z.
While Fincher may have been intimidated by the idea of directing Star Wars, it’s a role director J.J. Abrams clearly enjoyed. After successfully launching a new trilogy with A Force Awakens, Abrams is now set to return for Episode IX in December 2019.