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Cronenberg: I turned down Star Wars

David Cronenberg has revealed how he said no to directing a Star Wars film.

The Canadian filmmaker admitted he was offered the chance to take the reins on one of the instalments of the beloved sci-fi series as he was honoured with the "filmmaker on the edge" trophy at the Provincetown Film Festival, said The Hollywood Reporter.

"I got a phone call once asking if I was interested in directing one of the Star Wars sequels, and instead of saying, 'Oh my God, yes!' I said, 'Well, you know, I don't really do other people's material'. Click," he recalled.

"I don't know how far it would have gone but it ended there," he added, without revealing which film it was.

David, best known for directing movies such as Cosmopolis, A Dangerous Method and Crash, hinted he passed on the Total Recall remake, because he wanted full creative control. Len Wiseman later took the role in the 2012 action film, which starred Colin Farrell and Kate Beckinsale.

"This is a big studio movie that's going to cost 200 million US dollars. They're going to give it to a guy who's directed a couple of rock videos because he's someone they can control. But it's not in my nervous system to do something like that," he explained.

The 71-year-old also revealed how it wasn't easy getting funding for his latest film, Maps To The Stars.

"There were a couple of Hollywood producers and one of them literally said, 'I could not do this movie, because I could not do that to this business that has been so good to me'," he said.

"But I actually had the head of a studio come over to me in Cannes, hug me and say, 'Your movie scared the s**t out of me'. I thought that was a positive reaction."

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