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  • Creator Backlash:
    • He's disowned Alien³, due to the amount of Executive Meddling he had to endure (hence why it's listed as his Berserk Button on the main page).
    • He's also admitted in interviews that he is not proud of The Game. He has explained that he was fighting with executives at PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, which was the distributor of the film and that he agreed with his wife Cean Chaffin, who produced the film, that he never should've made the film, citing that they couldn't get the third act, "and it was my fault, because I thought if you could just keep your foot on the throttle it would be liberating and funny."
  • Production Posse:
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    • Brad Pitt has acted in three of Fincher's films, and was set to work with Fincher a fourth time on the World War Z sequel before it was cancelled; Rooney Mara, Jared Leto and Charles Dance have also made two films each with Fincher.
    • Producer Cean Chaffin (who is also Fincher's wife) has worked on all of his films since The Game.
    • Cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth has shot four films for Fincher; Donald Graham Burt has served as production designer for all Fincher's films since Zodiac; Trish Summerville has worked as costume designer on three of his films; Laray Mayfield has been casting director for all his films since Fight Club, and his most prominent editors have been Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter (together, they won the Best Film Editing Oscars for The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)).
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    • Howard Shore composed music for 7, The Game and Panic Room; since The Social Network, all of Fincher's films have been scored by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • He was considered to direct Spider-Man before Sam Raimi; his version would have covered the origin story in the opening credits and been based on "The Night Gwen Stacy Died".
    • Was considered to direct Catch Me If You Can, but turned it down in order to direct Panic Room.
    • Was originally set to direct Mission: Impossible III, before dropping out and being replaced by Joe Carnahan (who also walked from the project before J. J. Abrams was hired); Fincher's version would have dealt with the black market trade of body parts in Africa.
    • He was set to direct The Black Dahlia, but left during pre-production as he felt he would be unable to make the film exactly as he envisioned, being replaced by Brian De Palma.
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    • He was hired to direct a remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea for Disney in 2010, but the project fell apart after Fincher and Disney disagreed over casting (Fincher wanted to cast Channing Tatum as the lead, while Disney wanted to cast Chris Hemsworth).
    • He was selected to direct Steve Jobs in January 2014, but departed in April over contractual disputes.
    • As mentioned above, he was set to reunite with Brad Pitt on a sequel to World War Z, which was ultimately cancelled in February 2019 due to Paramount's concerns over the film's budget, leading to Fincher moving on to direct Mank for Netflix instead.


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