For a long time prior to JJ Abrams being announces as the director of Star Wars Episode VII, virtually every big-name director in Hollywood was rumored to be up for the job. Some of these were just bogus rumors made up to cash in on the Star Wars hype, but more and more are turning out to have a bit of truth to them.
One of these names was David Fincher, and he reveals to Total Film that he did meet with Lucasfilm about doing the movie:
“I talked to Kathy about it, but I think that it’s a different thing from… I don’t know what Disney-Lucasfilm will be like,” he says of the studio merger that resulted in a new batch of Star Wars films being greenlit.
“It’s tricky,” he adds. “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!’
“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.”
The funny thing about his comments is that even prior to the Prequels there was a rumor among Star Wars fans that Lucas intended the twelve-episode saga to be told from the perspective of Artoo and Threepio. So much so that the rumor said that the end of Episode XII would reveal that the whole story was being told from the memory banks of R2-D2 (which were never wiped, if you remember)….