How would you describe the Star Wars saga? Odds are you'd talk about it being a family epic, telling the story of the Skywalkers. Not David Fincher. The Gone Girl director revealed that he had been approached to direct Episode VII (they went after everybody, by the way, so expect more stories like this. Nobody wanted to be the person to pick up the pieces after Lucas, though), and he told Total Film that maybe his vision of Star Wars wasn't in line with Lucasfilm's:
"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... I thought it was an interesting idea in the first two, but it's kind of gone by Return Of The Jedi."
Lucas always saw the droids as the essential center of the series, so it does seem like Fincher's vision lines up with Young Lucas'. But as the filmmaker (who worked on Return of the Jedi, by the way) mentions, all of that was gone by the last film in the original trilogy. And who knows what was up with the Prequels. What if Lucas had kept them as the centralized aspect of the series? Sure, they're in the Prequels, but they feel constantly sidelined, rarely interacting in a meaningful way. Think of the banter 3P0 had in the OT, or the relationship between Luke and R2. Even having Anakin build C3P0 (blech) doesn't centralize the droid properly. Hell, the two probably should have just walked into The Phantom Menace as an already existing pair, coming in from another series of untold adventures.
Still, what an awesome view of the series! I'm happy that Fincher didn't take the gig - in a better world I'd like to see him do a standalone movie without the usual Disney restrictions - but I am curious what his Episode VII would have been like. He says he would have wanted to make something more Empire Strikes Back, and I think that's actually closer to the vibe that JJ is gunning for with Episode VII. So maybe Fincher wouldn't have been so far off the mark.