When Disney purchased LucasFilm, and in turn the rights to Star Wars, they inadvertently turned the the rumor mill on full blast. Would Luke Skywalker star in the new movie? Who would write the script? Would Harrison Ford return to the series? Some of those questions have been answered (Who knows. Michael Arndt. Maybe.) but there are still some big questions remaining about Star Wars: Episode 7.
For instance: Who is going to direct the new movie?
Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino have already pulled their names out of the running and now J.J. Abrams has done the same. Abrams, who resurrected Star Trek, said that he is too big of a fan of Star Wars to touch the new movie.
“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 then anyone to the next iterations of ‘Star Wars,’ but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!”
Jon Favreau also weighed in on the possibility of directing the new movie. Favreau is currently at the helm of another major Disney franchise, Iron Man, and could be a good choice for Star Wars. Favreau is a big fan of the original movies and even did some voice work for the Clone Wars television series.
Favreau said that there would be a lot of pressure on whoever directs the new movie but didn’t say that he wasn’t he up to the challenge.
“I’m just giddy, first and foremost as a fan, to see what happens with it. I think there are a lot of question marks about 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 … The idea of another trilogy that further shrouds the Force in mystery as its secrets are lost to time – that’s extremely compelling. I want so bad for it to be good. Can you imagine?”
Are you excited for the new Star Wars movie? Who do you think should direct Star Wars Episode 7?