David Cronenberg Explains Why He Didn’t Direct Return of the Jedi

Many directors were given the opportunity to jump aboard Star Wars: Return of the Jedi before Richard Marquand finally signed on the dotted line. One of these was David Cronenberg and recently, whilst talking with Entertainment Weekly, he shed some light on why he didn’t get the job.

“I still recall getting a phone call,” Cronenberg said. “Somebody said that they were from, I guess it was Lucasfilm, and asked me if I was interested in—at that point it was called Revenge of the Jedi, actually, until somebody pointed out that it was against Jedi philosophy to think in terms of revenge. But, anyway, I was asked if I would be interested in considering that, and meeting with everybody, and I said, with the arrogance of youth—relative youth, anyway—I said, ‘Well, I’m not used to doing other people’s material.’ And there was like a stunned silence and then ‘Click’—hang up. Basically, that was as close as I came to that.”

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