Fincher ‘Almost’ Directed The “Deadwood” Pilot

One of the most acclaimed TV series made in the past fifteen years was HBO’s western drama “Deadwood,” while one of the most celebrated auteurs working in Hollywood in the past two decades has been “Se7en” and “Fight Club” helmer David Fincher.

It was a pairing that almost happened according to Fincher in a new interview with Esquire. Fincher didn’t really get into dramatic series television until “House Of Cards,” but years before that he reveals that he almost directed the pilot for “Deadwood”. Asked which TV show writer’s room of the past few years he’d enjoy being a fly on the wall in, Fincher replied:

“I’d probably go to ‘The Sopranos’ season five or six. I would like to watch David Chase work. It seems like a very complete world in somebody’s head. And then maybe ‘Deadwood’ season one. At one point, I was two millimeters from saying yes to directing the pilot, and part of it was I was just so fascinated with David Milch. Milch and Chase are masterful. They both have a great ear as to how things can be presented or how you can get things out of characters. I think that’s an odd gift, and it intrigues me.”

Fincher didn’t reveal why he didn’t take the job, one that eventually went to “48 Hours” and “The Warriors” director Walter Hill. If he had it would’ve come between his 2002 thriller “Panic Room” and his celebrated 2007 period tale “Zodiac”.

Fincher’s relationship with HBO is uncertain at this point as the network scrapped two developing shows he had brewing, which has led him to setup a new home at Netflix where his “Mindhunter” series launched on Friday.