‘Star Wars 7′ Director Update: A ‘Couple’ of Candidates – Who is Left?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:23 am,

George Lucas Star Wars TV show Star Wars 7 Director Update: A Couple of Candidates   Who is Left?

Following the surprise announcement of Star Wars: Episode 7, fan speculation exploded on two fronts: what direction would Disney take the story and who would helm the project? While details are still scarce about what exactly fans can expect from the plot, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt has been confirmed for script duty, with most insiders reporting that audiences will see a relatively new story direction – instead of a direct continuation (though larger connections and certain returning characters are likely).

Details on who will direct the high-profile project are especially scarce. Plenty of fan-favorite directors weighed-in on the initial announcement but have since distanced themselves from any direct involvement. However, a new comment from producer Frank Marshall, aka husband to Kathleen Kennedy (the new President of Lucasfilm) indicates that the filmmakers have successfully narrowed the list to a “couple of candidates.”

Speaking with MTV, Marshall opened up about the process – asserting that Lucasfilm has an idea of who they might want: “I do [know]. But I can’t reveal it, or I won’t be alive tomorrow.” The producer then claims that the studio is down to “a couple of candidates” – only to assert that it could still be awhile before we hear an official announcement: “I don’t know how soon that will be revealed.

The director then goes on to echo the (arguably) cautious excitement that swept across the internet when news of a new Star Wars trilogy was first announced:

“I’m really excited about this. I didn’t grow up with it, but I was a big fan and have been since the series started. I’ll always remember seeing that big mother-ship go over the screen. I’ve never forgotten it. I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

You can check out the full interview with Marshall below – including brief updates on the Bourne and Indiana Jones franchises:

Of course, fans (and news outlets) have been floating a lot of potential Star Wars: Episode 7 directors. On the next page we’ll break down which could be legitimate candidates – and which ones have already opted out of consideration.

Read on to find out who Disney could still be courting for Star Wars: Episode 7 directing duty…

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  1. I think Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) would be a perfect candidate. He’s a known fan of 70’s science fiction films, and says he draws a lot of inspiration from them. Also, I would love to see a new Star Wars film implementing the use of miniatures much like the original trilogy did…

    • I second the miniatures suggestion. There’s just something about physical reality that CGI can’t quite replicate.

      • Actually the prequels did have quite a few miniatures. In my opinion, the best effects come from combining real world elements like prosthetics and props with CG like in Terminator or Iron Man.

        • The whole minatures/sets vs digital effects argument isn’t really the issue here, effects technology had certainly advanced to the point during the prequels’ making that you shouldn’t have been able to tell the difference between the two had they been done to their fullest potential… the trouble is George Lucas gave ILM such an overly heavy workload – between 1, 500 and 2, 200 effects shots, depending on the film – to complete in a very short time, about eighteen months in all, and that was whilst ILM was simultaneously working on about a half-dozen or more other projects.

          Had ILM worked if not exclusively then almost exclusively on each prequel episode during their respective post-productions, I think the visual effects on that trilogy would have, could have, and indeed, SHOULD have been flawless… and it would have sold the fully immersive world that Lucas was attempting to present in a much more convincing manner.

          And had Mr Lucas written detailed story outlines of each prequel episode in advance of pre-production beginning on Episode I, brought in a screenwriter to help write a strong and focused screenplay, and an outside editor (not a paid Lucasfilm employee) to shape a tight and more focused final cut than what ended up, I am fully convinced the prequel trilogy could have been every bit the trilogy we hoped it would have been, alas…

          ALfonso Cuaron for Episode VII…

          • I agree with you. It’s not that George is a bad director. He’s a great director. Just look at the original Star Wars. It’s just that someone should have explained to him when something wasn’t working, as in the late 70’s. If only Lawrence Kasdan had agreed to finish the screenplays of the prequels. That’s why I’m so glad Michael Arndt is involved.
            And as far as the prequel acting goes, I wonder whether Natalie Portman was miscast, if Lucas was neglecting her, or if she just didn’t care. She has this deadpan expression throughout Episode 1 like she doesn’t want to be in the movie. The reason I bring that up is because Ewan McGregor and Ian McDiarmid gave good performances, and Hayden Christensen imo wasn’t too bad either.

            Probably the best part of Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, and Raiders of the Lost Ark is the collaboration.

      • It’s not about CGI versus physical. It’s about getting the lighting perfect! Light reflects off objects, this is how we see objects. A model shot can look just as fake as anything CGI if they don’t get the lighting right.

        X-Men First Class (the ending sequence with the sub) had some of the most beautiful rendering I have ever seen – supervised by John Dykstra, a name you should know…. they got the lighting right. Dykstra gets it.

      • In a nutshell

  2. what about Peter Jackson as a director? maybe not for the first one, since work on his Hobbit Trilogy is finishing up over these next couple of years, but putting him in control of the Star Wars Universe would definitely have a few pluses.

    • Still blown away at what an all around fantastic job Jackson did on the LOTR Trilogy. I was expecting the worst. He went above and beyond the call of duty, dethroning Star Wars altogether.

  3. Imagine if Michael Bay were to direct it?

    It would go a little something like

    story begins

    plot hole


    plot hole

    pointless robots from outer space

    more explosions

    females over exposed

    stupid over the top explosions

    plot hole

    plot hole

    the title credit that makes us wander why we ever saw the film “A Film by Michael Bay”

  4. Guys I think that the 3 most reasonable options left are Matthew Vaughn, Neill Blomkamp and Joseph Kosinski

  5. Writer for Toy Story? That’s a far cry from Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan. The red flags are already lit, this just confirms our worst fears. How much more could they possibly tarnish the legacy of the original saga? What a shame. I know it’s all about the mighty dollar these days, rather than a good story, script and artistic vision but they could at least make some kind of effort to appease the lifer’s that kept this series alive over the years. SW will not survive another crappy, tossed off, computer generated stinkfest. And if they have to go through with this disaster, at least pull in the original cast. The “Heir to the Empire” novels weren’t half bad and are better than any storyline these lame ducks are going to toss off. As for a director, they will NEVER find anyone that could pull off a job remotely as good as Irvin Kershner. Not happening. Just let it go and for once try to come up with something altogether new and original.

    • You must not have seen Little Miss Sunshine. It’s a great movie. The screenplay has a lot of heart in it. There’s more to Michael Arndt than just Toy Story 3.

    • People like you make me have no faith in the fans of Star Wars. Already so much doubt and you don’t even know who the director is going to be.

  6. I would have love to see Christopher Nolan on the helm.

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