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, StarWars.com 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 StarWars.com) at the top of the page.
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.