David Fincher Wanted to Kill Gwen Stacy in His Spider-Man

Before the aptly named Marc Webb signed on to direct the reboot of Sony’s Spider-Man franchise following Sam Raimi’s trilogy, David Fincher apparently was in talks to helm the film. io9 interviewed the director about The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but also got him to comment on what he would have done with his take on the wall-crawler:

My impression what Spider-Man could be is very different from what Sam [Raimi] did or what Sam wanted to do. I think the reason he directed that movie was because he wanted to do the Marvel comic superhero. I was never interested in the genesis story. I couldn’t get past a guy getting bit by a red and blue spider. It was just a problem… It was not something that I felt I could do straight-faced. I wanted to start with Gwen Stacy and the Green Goblin, and I wanted to kill Gwen Stacy. The title sequence of the movie that I was going to do was going to be a ten minute — basically a music video, an opera, which was going to be the one shot that took you through the entire Peter Parker [backstory]. Bit by a radioactive spider, the death of Uncle Ben, the loss of Mary Jane, and [then the movie] was going to begin with Peter meeting Gwen Stacy. It was a very different thing, it wasn’t the teenager story. It was much more of the guy who’s settled into being a freak.

Fincher’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo opens today, while Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man premieres July 3.

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  • Leewan17

    Gwen’s death I’m for, it’s canon.

    Music video/backstory intro? Um I don’t know how he could say that with a straight face.

  • Sd

    I think that Fincher was close to make it, before the Raimi films, just after Cameron left the production…I bet he’s talking about that chance…

  • odum

    Boo. Fincher is dismissive enough of Spidey’s origins that he comes off as yet another in a long line of Hollywood artistes who think they’re too good for the genre. You can’t do it well, condescend to it, and make sure everyone knows you’re above it all at the same time (Ang Lee, anyone?). It’s a good thing he didn’t get the job.

  • Massive Head Wound

    Makes sense.  Fincher basically killed the “Alien” franchise.

    Seriously, his disdain for the source material probably cost him the gig.  Good riddance.

  • David

    “Bit by a radioactive spider, the death of Uncle Ben, the loss of Mary Jane, and [then the movie] was going to begin with Peter meeting Gwen Stacy.”

    It doesn’t seem like Fincher knows his history.  It’s the loss of Gwen Stacy that brings Peter to Mary Jane.  Gwen was his FIRST love.  He didn’t date her after Mary Jane.  If he’s not going to stick with canon then I’m glad he didn’t get the job.

  • CineMaxwellLord

    Fincher did not kill the Alien franchise. If you’ve read up enough on it, you’d know that as a fledgling director, he next to no control over such a giant franchise. The producers on that film tore it to shreds and he didn’t even have final approval on the film. And though his take on Spidey is quite off from the source material, it sounds interesting. And at the very lest, it would have LOOKED amazing.

  • http://twitter.com/tomdaylight tom

    One of those people who only talks about “Gwen Stacy” when the word preceding it is “kill”. No thanks.

  • David Rhoades

    I think it would have made sense. Just brush through the origin and move on to the exciting stuff.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    “the loss of Mary Jane”

    Whaaat?

  • Jon

    The one thing Raimi got 100% right was the origin. Waking up with the powers for the first time, learning to swing, etc… why skip all that?

    Now in the NEXT reboot, I’d skip it… simply because Raimi’s is still so visually fresh in our minds.

  • Branimir9000

    I really disagree with the “Ang Lee. anyone?” comment. I don’t think Mr Lee condescended to the form at all- he even took “panes” (sorry!) to shoot comic book panels. For me, the thing that hurts that Hulk movie was Ang making the mistake of performing the Hulk motion capture and the no-confidence “hedging” on the Hulk scenes by putting them in the dark (the climactic battle was virtually obliterated by darkness and long shots). In retrospect, the Hulk desert daylight scenes look a lot better than  people seemed to think at the time.

    Did I mention how much I hate dark special effect scenes? It’s been (a lot of the time) this way ever since you could not see Batman’s fight with the Joker back in Burton’s Batman.

    But I agree with Fincher: protracted superhero origins on screen are pretty boring. It is good he didn’t touch Spider-man with that mindset.

  • Victor

    It sounds to me that he’s talking about the movie continuity set up by Raimi where MJ came first. So then he loses MJ and then the Bryce Dallas Howard Gwen gets killed.

  • Burningdoom

    “I think the reason he directed that movie was because he wanted to do
    the Marvel comic superhero. I was never interested in the genesis story.
    I couldn’t get past a guy getting bit by a red and blue spider. It was
    just a problem… It was not something that I felt I could do
    straight-faced”

    That part, really worries me. It sounds like he’s just some Hollywood idiot that’s going to ruin any potential, just like most of the 80s & 90s comic films not starring Michael Keaton.

  • Carparts

    The music video with stills that told a story worked really well in the first few minutes of  Watchmen.  Hell, that sequence was probably the only part of that movie that really worked for me.

  • Tae

    This sounds like what more Superhero movies need. Not all of them HAVE to be origin stories. Anyone who tells you different is not a writer for a reason.

  • Joe Louis

    At least it would have been creative unlike anything Raimi came up with

  • http://twitter.com/LiamJohnsonType Liam Johnson

    They did it in The Incredible Hulk. A lot of these origins are so ingrained in the public now that you can gloss over some of the bigger ones instead of spending a whole movie dedicated to it.

  • Alistair Hocker

    It wouldnt have been much different from the opening credits to Spider-man 2. They did a pretty good job of summing up the major plot points of the first film. Finchers would have just been an extended, live action equivalent. 

  • sephy

    Fincher didnt kill the Alien franchise. Alien 3 just put it on life support.

    Joss Whedon and Alien 4 pulled the plug.

  • http://twitter.com/p_keely Patrick Keely

    I liked the gloss over origin, but the rest, thankfully he didn’t have this project.

  • C Rh_23

    Thank god this guy didnt make the movie. That intro/opera thing is just ridiculous. Besides, didnt peter meet gwen before he even knew mary jane existed?