David Fincher reveals why he turned down 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

ANI | Updated: Oct 23, 2017 15:17 IST

Washington D.C. [U.S.A], Oct. 23 (ANI): Hollywood director David Fincher, whose name has been linked with 'Star Wars' movies, has finally revealed that he would stay away from the epic sci-fi franchise as it come with a lot of pressure.

While talking to a leading U.S. publication, the 55-year-old director shared that he spoke with Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy about the job at that time.

He said, "I can't imagine the kind of intestinal fortitude one has to have following up the success of these last two. 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."

The Oscar-nominated director, known for directing blockbusters like 'Se7en', 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', 'The Social Network' and 'Gone Girl', was a favourite to helm 'The Force Awakens', which was ultimately helmed by JJ Abrams.

Fincher stressed the amount of energy and devotion required of you after saying yes to that kind of assignment.

"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."

'Star Wars' has not been an easy project for many directors.

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.

Colin Treverrow, who was originally going to direct 'Episode IX', stepped down from the director's chair over creative differences with Lucasfilm, leaving JJ Abrams to take over. (ANI)