Director David Fincher, whose name has often been linked to “Star Wars” films, says he will stay away from the frachise as it comes with a lot of pressure. The Oscar-nominated director, best known for his thrillers such as “Se7en”, “Fight Club”, “The Social Network” and “Gone Girl”, was in the running to direct “The Force Awakens”, which was ultimately helmed by JJ Abrams. Fincher says he spoke with Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy about the job at that time.
“I can’t imagine the kind of intestinal fortitude one has to have following up the success of these last two,” he told
Empire in an interview. “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.” “Star Wars” has not been an easy assignment for many directors.
“Episode IX” director Colin Trevorrow stepped down from the film in September amid creative differences with Lucasfilm, leaving Abrams to take over. Earlier this year, directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired from the “Han Solo” movie with Ron Howard stepping into at the last minute.
“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,” Fincher said about the pressure of directing a “Star Wars” movie.