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David Fincher Passed On Star Wars: Episode 7 And Has A Unique Take On The Saga

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david_fincher_j_j_abrams_67427As you can probably imagine, the job of directing a new Star Wars movie is a pretty damn big deal, but still, while J.J. Abrams got the gig at the helm of the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII, he wasn’t the only person in the hunt. David Fincher, whose latest film Gone Girl is opens this Friday and is getting fantastic reviews, met with Lucasfilm executives about the job, but ultimately said he didn’t want it.

The Fight Club director was one of the early names connected to Episode VII, and as he revealed recently, there was some truth to the rumors. Granted, Lucasfilm probably contacted just about every big name filmmaker out there (and he was an assistant cameraman on Return of the Jedi), but Fincher did meet with president Kathleen Kennedy. It makes sense that he would turn down the project, he was connected to Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea remake for a long time, but friction with the studio dragging its feet ultimately caused him to walk away from that.

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David Fincher May Remake British Series Utopia, Creators Want Looper’s Rian Johnson To Script

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UtopiaDirector David Fincher earned some major headlines earlier this year with the addictive political drama House of Cards, one of Netflix’s high-profile line of original content premiering this year. Starring Kevin Spacey and Kate Mara, the show was actually a remake of a 1990 British series. Now it looks like Fincher may be planning following that same model and producing a new HBO series based on the British series Utopia.

Unlike House of Cards, the origina Utopia is a much more recent arrival on the scene. It premiered this past January on the U.K.’s Channel 4. Utopia involves a cult graphic novel called The Utopia Experiments, which seems to have successfully predicted many horrible disasters of the previous century. A group of people gains possession of the manuscript for a sequel to the graphic novel, and in turn finds themselves being pursued by a dangerous group called “the Network.” The group tries to stay ahead of the Network while also attempting to decipher the manuscript and prevent the upcoming disasters it predicts. Sounds a bit like Alex Proyas’ 2009 flick Knowing.

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David Fincher’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea Is Awash Once Again

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David Fincher and Terry Gilliam have a lot alike in that they’re both talented directors with signature styles that have led them to be well-loved among both the popular and cult crowds. Also, they both have a habit of getting attached to projects that take eons to come together. But Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem is well on its way to making people scratch their heads, while Fincher’s next project has met up with constant delays.

In case you still don’t know where this story is going, let’s be clear. Fincher’s upcoming (??) adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea20,000 Leagues Under the Sea has hit yet another snag, though this one is tethered to the word “temporary.” Reportedly, the problem this time lies in Brad Pitt having passed on this project. And yeah, his absence would definitely kill certain projects, but he doesn’t necessarily scream “perfect Ned Land,” so there’s probably a wealth of actors out there able to fit the bill. But here come months of looking anyway.

The Australian government agreed on giving Disney over $21 million in tax breaks to guarantee the film get made in their country, which would aim to create more interest in the local businesses and could create up to 2,000 jobs in the community. I hope none of those guys bought anything on credit just yet.

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David Fincher May Be Pushing For The Star Wars: Episode VII Directing Job

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The hunt for a director for Star Wars: Episode VII has been heated ever since Disney and Lucasfilm announced that the new film would be released in 2015. We’ve heard a number of top-tier directors say they flat-out don’t want to direct the new Star Wars movie. We’ve also heard a number of rumors and speculation on who exactly will inherit the Star Wars throne, which range from the thoughtful to the absurd. Now a new director has been thrown into the mix, and it’s not clear which category we should put him in.

According to the Playlist, director David Fincher “might be game” to direct Star Wars: Episode VII. But as ridiculous as this may sound, there may be a nugget of truth behind it. Fincher once worked for ILM as a teenager in the early ’80s. He even has an assistant cameraman credit on Return of the Jedi. He also has a pending deal to direct 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for Disney, which has been on hold for the past three months as they assess the situation. From Deadline:

As much as I’ve heard the Vaughn rumor, I’ve also heard Jon Favreau is panting after this job, and even that David Fincher, who apparently worked for Lucas’s ILM in a menial job as a teen, might be game for one of these new films. Unfortunately, we are getting nothing out of Lucas Land on what they call speculation.

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David Fincher’s Halo 4 Launch Trailer Is Gorgeous

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Microsoft has a long history of going all-out when it comes to marketing its Halo game franchise, serving up one amazing trailer after another over the years. And since they almost always incorporate live action footage with incredibly realized props and effects, each new trailer is another jab to the heart of every fanboy who still dreams of a Halo movie. Well, better grab some more band-aids for the old ticker, because the Halo 4 launch trailer is here, and it’s produced by David Fincher, and it’s just as awesome as you’d expect.

Titled “Scanned,” the trailer serves up some hints at the mysterious new enemy Master Chief will be facing in the new game, as well as giving us some looks at just what goes into making a Spartan. (It doesn’t look comfortable.) While Fincher lent his producerial talents, visual effects artist Tim Miller (who collaborated with Fincher on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) manned the director’s chair. Check it out.