Thursday, June 26, 2014

David Cronenberg Discusses his Brush with Star Wars

By: Lillian Skye

Director David Cronenberg, who recently received the Film-Maker on the Edge award from the Provincetown film festival in Massachusetts, and discussed the time he turned down the opportunity to direct Return of the Jedi.

"I got a phone call once asking if I was interested in directing one of the Star Wars sequels," said the director. "And instead of saying 'Oh my God, yes!' I said, 'Well, you know, I don't really do other people's material.' Click. I don't know how far it would have gone, but it ended there." 

Cronenberg is used to writing and directing his own material, like he did for Consumed, Videodrome, and Cosmopolis----a freedom he would probably not get when it comes to Star Wars.   In addition, Cronenberg's style is very edgy, with most of his films being in the horror/thriller genre, which may not have translated well into a Star Wars film. 

"This is a big studio movie that's going to cost $200m," he said of working his time working the Total Recall remake, another big budget film, which he ultimately left early into pre-production. "They're going to give it to a guy who's directed a couple of rock videos because he's someone they can control. But it's not in my nervous system to do something like that."

Accroding to JW Rinzler's The Making of Return of the Jedi (2013), Cronenberg was one of many directors considered to direct Return of the Jedi, before Richard Marquand was ultimately chosen.  Others considered include: Richard Donner, Terry Gilliam, Alan Parker, and Bruce Beresford.

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