Gone Girl director David Fincher, whose name was floated in 2012 as a candidate for Star Wars: Episode VII, now confirms he did meet with Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy about the job.
"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," the filmmaker told Total Film, referring to the entertainment giant's purchase of Lucasfilm.
Fincher said any Star Wars film he made would have to be in line with The Empire Strikes Back. "It's tricky," he explained. "My favorite 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," he continued. "I thought it was an interesting idea in the first two, but it's kind of gone by Return of the Jedi."
Star Wars: Episode VII eventually found a director, J.J. Abrams, and early set photos suggest the new film will rely much less on CG creations and more on practical effects. In a recent interview, Episode VIII director Rian Johnson confirmed that shift away from the approached used in the prequel trilogy.
"They're doing so much practical building for this one. It's awesome," Johnson said as guest on Grantland's Girls in Hoodies podcast. "I think people are coming back around to [practical effects]. It feels like there is sort of that gravity pulling us back toward it. I think that more and more people are hitting kind of a critical mass in terms of the CG-driven action scene lending itself to a very specific type of action scene, where physics go out the window and it becomes so big so quick."
David Fincher's Gone Girl opens on Oct. 3.