David Fincher almost directed Star Wars: Episode VII


There have been many attempts at continuing the Star Wars saga, even before Disney acquired Lucasfilm…

David Fincher, the mind behind Fight Club and The Social Network, as well as many other great films, nearly directed Star Wars: Episode VII when Disney purchased Lucasfilm from George Lucas. Fincher wanted to tell the tale of two droids — C-3PO and R2-D2 — as they made their way through different masters. Thankfully, that never happened.

In an all-new video from WhatCulture on YouTube, the eight different versions of Star Wars: Episode VII that could have happened, is covered. Check it out:

Wait, so in one version, Episode VII picks up right after Return of the Jedi, and Luke goes in search of his sister…who isn’t Leia? Yeah, I’m not sure how I feel about that. And, WhatCulture is dead on right, if the Vader, “No, I am your father” moment was revealed in the seventh episode of a 12 episode film saga, the impact would definitely be an almost let-down.

Here are the Episode VII versions that almost made their way to the big screen:

  • A non-Lucas sequel with an unknown director.
  • Episode VII would be the fourth film.
  • A trilogy of sequels rather than prequels.
  • A David Fincher directed Episode VII.
  • A Non-Disney Lucas directed Episode VII.
  • Episode VII with little focus on the original trilogy cast.
  • Episode VII was originally The Empire Strikes Back.
  • A Disney version of Episode VII that used Lucas’ ideas.

As you can see, Star Wars: Episode VII was nearly a very different film that the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Thankfully, smarter men and women prevailed and Abrams was able to breathe life into a stagnant franchise.

We want to hear from you: Are any of the eight alternate Episode VII ideas appealing? Let’s discuss in the comments below.

H/T A.V. Club