It probably didn’t need to be said, but Joss Whedon has admitted that he would love to direct a Star Wars film. But it took Whedon a while to admit to himself that he actually wanted to make his own installment to the beloved franchise.
During his wide-ranging interview with Complex, Whedon confessed that he was originally against making a Star Wars film but after seeing the trailer for Rogue One he immediately recognized the error of his ways, and decided that he would love to make an edition to the series that wasn’t overly connected to the rest of the saga.
Whedon explained, “Do I want to make a Star Wars movie? Yeah. I was like, ‘I don’t want to make a Star Wars movie. Like, god da**it, why?’ But I saw the trailer for Rogue awhile ago and I was like, ‘I want to do that.’ To make a Star Wars move and not be wed to the bigger picture.”
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This isn’t the first time that Joss Whedon has been linked with a Star Wars film. Back in 2013 when it was announced that a seventh installment to the Star Wars franchise was in the works, Whedon’s name was touted as the potential helmer for the project.
Unfortunately, Joss Whedon couldn’t find the time to direct Star Wars 7 because he was already attached to oversee the sequel to The Avengers, which would eventually go on to become Avengers: Age Of Ultron. This meant that there was simply no way that Whedon would get to work on Star Wars 7 for Lucasfilm. Especially because Disney own both Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios and they didn’t want to adversely affect the follow-up to The Avengers, which had grossed $1.52 billion, by taking Whedon off it.
Whedon was still rather upset that he didn’t get a chance to direct Star Wars, though. Back in January, 2013, Whedon talked to CNN about the case of poor timing, remarking, “I’m as angry as you should be. When I heard that I was like, ‘I wonder… no, I really can’t do that. Oh, I already have a job.’ I wouldn’t clear The Avengers. I’m having so much fun with that sequel right now, just with the script, that I couldn’t imagine not doing it.”
It’s safe to say that Joss Whedon doesn’t really feel the same way about Avengers: Age Of Ultron anymore, because the follow-up failed to match either the gross or the acclaim of its original. In fact, Joss Whedon admitted to Complex that his main problem with the reaction to Ultron was how little of a response it received.
“Ultron was a difficult experience for me because it wasn’t so much of a backlash – it did really well – but it didn’t strike the same nerve in this country,” Whedon explained. “More importantly, it fell out of the conversation very quickly. People just thought, ‘Oh look did you see the prequel to Civil War? Yes, it’s pretty good.’ That broke me.”
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During the same interview with CNN over three years ago, Whedon actually opened up about what he’d like to see in a Star Wars film, which gives us an indication about what he might include if he got the opportunity. “I’d like to see a little edge,” Whedon remarked. “We all missed the Han [Solo] of it. It got very portentous, which was justified by the story, but I think we’d all like to see a little anarchy in the mix.”
But it isn’t just a Star Wars film that Joss Whedon is interested is directing. In his conversation with Complex, Whedon added, “So do I want to make a James Bond movie? Yeah. Anne Hathaway does Catwoman again? Sure, I’m in.”
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