George Lucas Talks ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ Directors

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Since last week’s announcement that Disney had acquired Lucasfilm for $4 billion, news has been coming out quickly on the development of Star Wars: Episode 7. Just today, confirmed that Academy Award-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt was scripting the film. Now the conversation has turned to possible directors for the highly-anticipated film.

Some of the names that have already been tossed around as candidates for the coveted position include Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) and Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class). Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, and Brad Bird are a few other names that fans have suggested (though Spielberg recently shot down the idea).

While nothing has been made official yet, George Lucas and new president of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy recently discussed what they’d like to see in a director. Check out the video (via at the top of the page.

Star Wars Logo George Lucas Talks Star Wars: Episode 7 Directors

Here’s a short summary of Kennedy’s key quotes:

“There’s a whole generation of filmmakers that have been inspired by George and ‘Star Wars’ and they’re absolutely thrilled, excited, and daunted at the prospect of being able to step in and carry the mantle of making these movies… I think we have a unique opportunity to go after some really incredible people. It’s not going to be people who don’t already have some affinity for ‘Star Wars’ probably. It’s going to be somebody who appreciates what ‘Star Wars’ meant to them and is excited to dive in and be a part of this.”

There are hundreds of directors that would kill for the chance to leave their imprint on such an iconic franchise. But, as Kennedy explained, it’s also a hugely daunting challenge – not to mention a big risk for Disney. Whomever they entrust to take over this franchise needs to have a bold vision that is also appealing to the broadest possible audience.

We’ll be keeping an eye on the possible directorial candidates as they emerge, but in the meantime, share your favorite directorial candidate with us in the comments.

Star Wars: Episode 7 hits theaters in 2015.



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    • Yet even PIXAR’s worst films are arguably some of the best films ever made by Disney. Toy Story 3 was a critical AND commercial success, something sequels seldom accomplish. There’s a little false equivalency that goes on with sequels, and I’d argue that it’s BECAUSE your decidedly imaginative and creative that you continue an existing story. If you ran out of ideas, you wouldn’t have any for the sequel to being with. It’s the creative and imaginative who think every day about where these characters are after the credits roll.

      That aside, I’m willing to bet everyone here has at least one or two Disney films in their personal top ten favorite films of all time. They don’t just do cartoons and family films. (Escape to Witch Mountain and films like that were never intended to be blockbusters. Those films were specifically made to fill their family film niche that their known for.) Look at their other successes. Pirates of the Caribbean was a phenomenon. Marvel isn’t just an aberration, and neither is PIXAR, in that Disney let’s those houses do their own thing. People are being silly about this, in that they seem to think that Disney is this single director or group who makes all their films using the same creative and talent pool. Lucasfilm is still going to be Lucasfilm, with it’s own creative control and talent to choose from. (I mean, why would we even be speculating on who’s directing if the only people working on it, would be Disney-centric directors?)The only thing that’s really going to change is who the money goes to. Maybe the merchandising will be handled differently. But Disney produces dozens of movies in a single decade, and siting odd ball failures that aren’t even in Lucasfilm’s purview is no indication of how good it will be.

    • Let me add that if they were doing a seventh film as vaguely as you suggest, then they’ve already done one. Clone Wars was the seventh theatrically released Star Wars. They didn’t announce they were doing a generic seventh Star Wars film, they announced they were doing Episode VII. Big difference. That means it’s in the cannon, not out.

      Additionally, doing VII would not be the least bit difficult for the creators, since you can set the story any time in the distant future, not just during Expanded Universe established history. After all, Skywalkers aren’t going to just die out with Ben.

  1. David Fincher got his start as a second unit director on Return of the Jedi. I hope they at least talk to him about it. But considering the nightmare he dealt with on Alien 3, with so many other cooks in his kitchen, I could see him taking a pass on it. It would be awesome to see what he would do with the film(s) thought.

    • I’m with you! I like the idea of Fincher doing Episode 7.


  3. Dave Filoni and his Master George Lucas together!

    “Always two they are, a master and an apprentice!”