So what do we know about the upcoming film Star Wars: Episode VII? Well, it’s set for a 2015 release date, Disney owns it, George Lucas will—at best—be a consultant, and Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) will write it. And that’s about it. At this point, we could define the film more with who won’t be involved rather than who will, as yet another day has come, with another round of directors saying they aren’t interested in directing the film (and one director who seems interested). Read on for more.
It looks like J.J. Abrams, known for breathing new life into the Mission: Impossible and Star Trek franchises, won’t be trying his hand out with the Force (he was a super long shot anyway, thanks to his deep involvement in the Star Trek series). When questioned about the possibility of directing the first film in a new Star Wars trilogy, Abrams said he was simply too close to the franchise as a fan, and that what it needs is someone with some distance:
“Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time. I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more than anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!”
That said, there someone who is relatively close to the Star Wars franchise hasn’t exactly said he’d turn down the top spot. Jon Favreau (Swingers, Iron Man and Iron Man 2) has been a fan favorite to direct, and he already has a connection to the series—he’s provided a voice on The Clone Wars animated series, and is apparently on a friendly basis with former Star Wars honcho Lucas:
“I think both J.J. and I come from a generation of people who formed our whole creative persona around what we experienced as kids from watching those films, and I have had the good fortune of working with George [Lucas] and around George, and whether it is doing a voice on Clone Wars, or being at the Skywalker Ranch mixing Iron Man– so I have been very happy and lucky to just experience the culture that Lucas has created, both in my own life growing up as a kid and professional – whether it was interviewing him at film festivals on stage, he is just a really wonderful, talented gifted guy who has changed the business so much, so I am just giddy, first and foremost as a fan, to see what happens with it. I think there is a lot of question marks of how they are going to do it, and who they are going to do it with, and what the story is going to be about; but to say that I am not excited about it is definitely an understatement. We’ll see.”
And while that isn’t an outright declaration of his intent to direct the film, or even confirming that he’d like to, unlike just about every other director interviewed on the subject thus far, Favreau isn’t saying no, either.
What do you think—who would you like to see direct Star Wars: Episode VII?
Source: Cinema Blend