David Fincher is a man who famously has very little to say about his experience working on Alien 3, and when he does, it’s generally not something pleasant. He’s even gone as far as to compare the production to being “sodomized ritualistically for two years.” He is truly not a fan of that time of his life, but recently he’s started to open up about the infamous, troubled production.
Back in June 2023, Fincher discussed the film while talking during a panel at Tribeca Festival, where he called the production a “truly f–ked-up situation.”
“I came out of a truly f–ked-up situation and kind of swore that I would never make the same mistake,” Fincher said of “Alien 3.” “I made a lot of brand new ones, but I’d never start something that didn’t have a script that I didn’t believe in or that I didn’t understand or that I couldn’t articulate to people. And I’d also very much learned that I wanted to make all my own mistakes instead of inheriting them from other people.”
The latest issue of the Empire Magazine has a fantastic 6-page spread looking at the most iconic shots from David Fincher’s filmography and the magazine event got David to open up about an undeniably iconic moment from Alien 3, and the director even had something nice to say about it!
“The one shot Fox was happy to put in the trailer: the Alien’s filing-cabinet drawer opening on Sigourney Weaver’s face! I always knew we wanted to do it and it never looked the way I wanted it to. I wanted to light all behind her. It should have been two shapes in silhouette, we should have had more coverage of it, and we didn’t – mostly because we were spending all our fucking time trying to shoot plates for the rod-puppet side of the thing. I think we had an hour-and-a-half to get that. But it’s power, because it’s a powerful idea.”
Alien vs. Predator Galaxy had the opportunity to talk to Rex Pickett, the screen-writer David Fincher personally hired (and snuck into the United Kingdom) to rewrite the script. During the interview Rex went into detail about working alongside David Fincher, and his own negative experiences on the production. If you haven’t already, you should give our interview a listen (or read)!
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