David Fincher Passed on Directing Star Wars IX

"I can’t imagine the kind of intestinal fortitude one has to have following up the success of the last two or three."

By Robert Marrujo:: Yet another director has come out to discuss why Star Wars isn't a fit. This time it's The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo helmer David Fincher. Speaking with Empire in a podcast, Fincher discussed his interaction with Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy:

“I talked to Kathy about that. It’s a plum assignment… but I can’t imagine the kind of intestinal fortitude one has to have following up the success of the last two or three. 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.

“You’d have to really clear your head. You’d have to really be sure this is what you wanted to do. Either way, it’s two years of your life, 14 hours a day, seven days a week. There’s no getting around it."

Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi recently revealed his own trepidations about handling the monolithic Disney franchise, stating that he thinks "there's not much room for someone like [him]" and that "[he'd] be fired within a week." It's a shame to think that talented directors might feel such intimidation or be too limited to bring their vision to a Star Wars film. Still, other directors such as J.J. Abrams and Ron Howard are currently leaving their mark on the series, so it's not like all talent is avoiding the big chair. What are your thoughts on Fincher's feelings about directing Star Wars? Share with us in the comments!

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