Jon Favreau has become more accustomed to helming movies with hardcore fanbases in the recent years of his career. The most obvious example would of course be the Iron Man franchise. Favreau served as the director of the first two, with the first one being very warmly received by audiences, and the second one…not so much.
Even though Favreau didn’t stick around to direct Iron Man 3, he still remained involved, serving as executive producer and reprising his role as Tony Stark’s right-hand man Happy Hogan. That also afforded Favreau the opportunity to jump from big-budget blockbusters to a smaller indie movie with last year’s Chef, which received positive reviews and helped Favreau regain his footing after struggling in the studio system.
His next movie, Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book, is set to hit theaters in April of next year, but following that he doesn’t currently have any projects lined up. The other movie he has been developing, Magic Kingdom, was indefinitely put on hold when Favreau went to direct The Jungle Book. Then, a couple weeks back, rumors arose of Favreau possibly being considered by Disney/Lucasfilm to take over the reins on the second Star Wars Anthology movie, which Josh Trank recently vacated. Now, Favreau has released a formal response to these rumors via Twitter, reaffirming that he is not going to direct a Star Wars movie anytime soon:
Not directing any SW eps. Just a fan. RT @MrBazingaa: Hopefully something related to Star Wars is next. *cough second anthology film cough*— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) June 20, 2015
And for those who might be suspicious of his wording used here, Favreau later clarified that he is not in line to direct any Star Wars movie, whether it’s part of the main saga or a spinoff film:
@chasadavis Not involved with any SW films. Can't wait to see them, though.— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) June 20, 2015
Previously, when Disney was still searching for a director for Episode VII (now officially titled Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Favreau was rumored to be up for the gig, but as we know now, the job ended up going to JJ Abrams. The director seems to be a natural fit for a big sci-fi franchise like this, with his clear ability to take on action and fantasy movies. As we saw with Cowboys and Aliens, though, that doesn’t always work out so well for him. What could have been a unique combination of the sci-fi and western ended up disappointing viewers and critics with its muddled tone.
Perhaps it’s for the best that Favreau doesn’t take on a Star Wars film after all. It seems that he might be more comfortable working on small character pieces vs. huge tentpoles with big budgets, as he’s proved with films like the aforementioned Chef. That doesn’t rule out the chance of Favreau directing any Star Wars movies down the road, but for now it looks like he’s staying away from that franchise.
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Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens will be in theaters December 18, 2015; Star Wars: Rogue One opens December 16, 2016; and Star Wars: Episode VIII opens May 26, 2017.