What if David Lynch, director of progressive films such as Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Inland Empire and others had actually directed Return of the Jedi back in 1983? Would Ewoks dance around to jazzy riffs in their red-draped tree houses? Would Vader wrap his victims in plastic? Would the Endor battle all be a bad dream? Probably not, but it’s fun to think how the avant-garde director would have played around in the Star Wars universe, had he accepted the offer to direct the third film in the saga.
MTV.com recently interviewed Lynch about his films and being approached by Lucas to direct Jedi back in the early ‘80s (and I’ll shamelessly plug the upcoming Twin Peaks Definitive Box Set here, the coolest TV series of all time) – here’s a short excerpt from the interview:
MTV: Is it true you almost directed “Return of the Jedi”? How close did you come?
Lynch: Not close at all. I had a meeting with George [Lucas]. I like George. It was his thing. I said, “You should direct this. It’s your thing! It’s not my thing.”
MTV: Did he flat-out offer it to you at the time?
MTV: But you immediately declined.
Lynch: I called him the next day.
The interview also reveals that, like Lucas, Lynch is a huge proponent of digitial filmmaking. Check out the full story over at MTV.com.