While some fans are still pondering what Return of the Jedi could have been with cult-favorite director David Lynch calling the shots instead of George Lucas, it seems another left-of-the-dial director was also asked if he’d like to wrangle a few Ewoks.
According to MTV’s Movies Blog, David Cronenberg — director of such surreal films as Naked Lunch, The Fly and eXistenZ — was asked by Lucas if he’d like to direct a new movie he was writing called Revenge of the Jedi.
“I got a phone call. I was in my kitchen and it was one of the producers. He said, ‘What would you think of doing Star Wars?” Cronenberg explained. “I said, ‘Well, I don’t usually do other people’s material.’ And then there was a kind of click. I wasn’t enthusiastic enough obviously. I didn’t get a chance to think about whether it was a good idea or not. I blew it right away.”
Read the article and watch a video clip of Cronenberg chatting with MTV’s Kurt Loder here:
Cronenberg’s Aborted Job Offer: Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Director’s Chair?
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