David Fincher is one of the best directors out there. Duh. From his early shockers Alien 3 and Seven to his more recent flicks like Gone Girl. Fincher is one of the masters of movies. And it looks like he’s still optimistic about the future of films.
He tells Rolling Stone: “There’s this notion movies are dying. They’re not. There’s still minerals to mine, there are still jewels to be found, and there are still different ways to be shocked, entertained, terrified. They’re just changing. You change with them. I think anyone who is curious about how to impart their story, there’s going to be plenty more opportunities, at least in the short term. And depending on how long this pandemic goes on, there may be a need for a lot more.”
He continues: “There will always be people who are poking and prodding and digging and searching for new ways to do the same thing. And new ways to do things that we haven’t even yet imagined. Look, directing movies is a little like painting a watercolor from three blocks away through a telescope with a walkie-talkie and 90 people holding the brush. And as frustrating as that sounds, it’s also thrilling and invigorating when it comes off.”
He adds: “I believe that the tragedy of cinema today is that we’re only 100 years in and we think we know exactly what it is. We really don’t. What we’ve done is merely refined is an experience to a story. The Hero with a Thousand Faces over and over again. We beat this drum and we beat it fairly regularly because it’s a scam that pays out. But if I was to believe that we have reached the limits of what cinema can do, make us feel, talk about, I would be inordinately depressed. I’m not. I’m emboldened and I feel that . . . I don’t need any more published screeds of me talking about how unfair it is that Marvel wants to make a profit. I don’t have an issue with that. I’ve never had an issue with that.”
Do you agree with David Fincher?