‘Star Wars Episode 7′ Director is Matthew Vaughn?

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 30th, 2013 at 7:47 am,

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The biggest question in our movie zeitgeist at the moment is “Who is directing Star Wars Episode VII?” Directors ranging from J.J. Abrams to Ben Affleck to Brad Bird (Mission Impossible 4) have all been nominated for the position (by fans at least), only to later come out and downplay rumors of their involvement.

Today however, we have more solid evidence (but still considered RUMOR) of a popular director possibly having landed the Episode VII director’s chair: Matthew Vaughn, best known for his recent comic book films Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class.

This development came about while Website Hey You Guys! was out at the UK premiere of Seven Psychopaths and caught up with Jason Flemyng – best known for his roles in films like Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and comic book films like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and (more recently) as the red-skinned, teleporting assassin Azazel in Vaughn’s First Class.

When asked about Vaughn’s possible candidacy for Star Wars (after the director suddenly dropped out of  X-Men: Days of Future Past) Flemyng immediately launched into discussion about whether or not his pal (they’ve done about nine films together, according to the actor) would find a spot for him in the new Star Wars saga. When the interviewer (who didn’t quite pick up on the hint at first) then tried to confirm whether or not Vaughn had expressed interest in doing Episode VII, Flemyng quickly pulled back and (in exaggerated fashion) said “Uh… YEAH, he’s ‘interested!’” complete with facial expressions that could justifiably be interpreted as “Don’t want to let THAT cat out of the bag too soon!

Check out the video for yourself (Star Wars talk at 1:10):

Now, this is all just speculation and inference, of course, but it is not at all without merit. In the latest episode of our Screen Rant Podcast we went into lengthy discussion about the Episode VII director search, and we too landed on the idea of Matthew Vaughn as a leading candidate. The director dropped out of Days of Future Past supposedly to work on Kick-Ass co-creator Mark Millar’s new comic book adaption, The Secret Service (according to Millar himself) – but Vaughn is known for being notoriously fickle and quick to change projects – he departed from X-Men 3Kick-Ass 2, and Days of Future Past rather suddenly – so it wouldn’t be a shock if the same thing happened here, leading him to Star Wars. After all, when Disney comes calling…

As for Vaughn’s qualifications to direct Episode VII? I’ll say what I said on the podcast: Vaughn is a great director, who has made some quality films (Layer CakeFirst ClassKick-Ass); he has shown that he can juggle an ensemble of characters well, is a very competent and engaging visual storyteller, and is superior to many other directors when it comes to staging exciting action sequences. With the 2007 adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, Vaughn even proved that he can create an adventure fantasy that appeals to both younger and older viewers – a seemingly perfect combination of talents for a Star Wars movie, right?

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However, the one deficiency that I, personally, see is that Vaughn’s films lack some of the heart that may be necessary for a quality Star Wars film. Lucas poured heart and soul into the original trilogy (which was his attempt to prove that independent filmmaking could result in industry success), and it is that element (heart) that many detractors claim is missing from the prequel trilogy, which was more concerned with splashy filmmaking techniques and less with character and story. Vaughn’s films tend to be – for lack of a better word – smarmy affairs, that almost always contain a sly mocking wit to them (Kick-Ass and Layer Cake definitely - and even First Class with its winks to the absurdity of the X-Men universe). Vaughn has always seemed to be a jokester of sorts (often laughing at, not with, certain sectors of the audience) – and that is not necessarily what a Star Wars film is meant to be.

Of course, with Oscar-winning writer/director Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) handling the script, we know that Episode VII will be getting an injection of serious heart and soul from one of the best in the business right now – so there’s balance there, should Vaughn end up in the director’s chair. There is no safety net, however, when it comes to Vaughn working with Disney; again, the director is notoriously fickle about being able to make his own films, in his own style, and he has previously walked away when tensions with studio execs have gotten too great. As strict as Disney is about the construction of their products, the studio and Vaughn would have to be firmly on the same page for this relationship to work effectively, in my opinion.

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Stay tuned, as this rumor about Matthew Vaughn directing Star Wars Episode VII will surely be confirmed – or debunked – in the near future. The movie is due in theaters in 2015.

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  1. I really wasn’t expecting another Star Wars movie…and I don’t know if it’ll be good if they can’t get Luke, Leia, and Han to be in it or to at least make a cameo

    • Dude I don’t think anybody was expecting another one

  2. He will probably cast Vinnie Jones as Han Solo and then pull out at the last minute leaving the job to Brett , can’t wait!

  3. *Brett Ratner

  4. Vaughn leaving Class 2 must have some serious reason !
    And I better hope its Star Wars,then I could at least understand him,cause him leaving brought us Singer :(

    • Singer directed X-Men and X2. Would you prefer Ratner or Gavin? They seem to be the only ones who actually screwed up these films.

  5. I haven’t seen anything from Vaughn that tells me “Yes! He should direct Star Wars!” I don’t see it being a good fit.

    • Sam Mendes didn’t do anything close to James Bond before “Skyfall” and I think he did a beyond fantastic job

    • I agree, there is nothing in his resume that screams Star Wars to me either. I don’t see the stellar talent level needed to take on this film from him. He’s above average at best. I’m still holding out for Blokamp.

  6. Vaughn Is right for smaller scaled films. And he needs to hire a new cinematographer. His movies look like Tv movies. Hes WRONG for star wars.

    • X-Men First Class was a perfectly made big time movie. He managed to deliver thrilling action sequences with engaging drama and also with compelling and fully drawn out characters. Matthew Vaughn can definitely do a Star Wars film.

      • First Class had a few set piece action sequences that were well done, but to say the characters were fully drawn out is a bit of a stretch. They focused mainly on Xavier and Magneto with McCoy and Mystique getting the second most screen time. Most of the other characters had about 10 lines, which had more to do with the script then anything else.

        • The focused on the characters of Magneto, X, Mystique, Shaw, and a little bit of Beast. The others were fillers, but hey. Did they really focus on anybody besides Luke, Han, Leia, and Vader in Star Wars?

          • Well as far as the Star Wars films go Obi-Wan, Yoda, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Lando and the Emperor were pretty prominent secondary characters as far as the overall story went.

            First Class just continued with the trend of the X-Men movies of some characters just being background and not having much to say or do. Aside from fight scenes that used powers/special effects it is hard to remember what a lot of secondary characters in the X-Men movies did or said.

  7. I doubt that Disney would bring in any director who has an established track record of directing similarly budgeted blockbuster-type movies. One because I think they’d be too expensive, and two, they’d have too much of their own style established. I think Disney wants someone younger, who has shown the ability, the talent, and wants to take the next step. But they also want someone with whom they can work. Someone who’s not too independent if you know what I mean. Vaughn appears to have the talent, the skill, the raw technical ability to transform script to screen. But his fickleness and idiosyncrasies are perhaps not justified enough by his track record. A studio might be more willing to accept the quirks and peculiarities of say a Michael Bay, James Cameron, Spielberg, that ilk. I don’t think Disney’s leash with Vaughn will be very long at all. If they are going to hire him, I’m sure the contract will come with a lot of conditions. They’re going to make it darn near impossible for him to simply walk away. So I suppose both sides have to think long and hard about whether it’s the right move for either.
    Besides, Disney is clearing showing that they care more for the scripts than the director by hiring the writers first. As mentioned here before, this is a good thing. Not to say that directors are overrated, but aside from the few true double-threats (writer/director) most directors work off someone else’s script anyway. Which brings up an interesting point. If Vaughn is hired, or is considering the deal, would he insist on getting the screenplay credit as well, given that he and Jane Goldman have written I think almost everyone of his films?

    • Yeah any established director is going to want a certain level of creative control and probably more money or box office points.

  8. I’ll tell you the same thing Lucas told Kersh: The movie doesn’t have to be *that* good.

    • I think you mean Kershner as in Irvin Kershner.

      • Yeah, we got that.

    • …which was a horrible thing to say. The other guy who used to work with Lucas, Kasdan was it? He mentioned that George said that about The Empire Strikes Back, to which he (Kasdan) responded, “But it was worth it!”

  9. First Class was not a “quality” film, it completely ignored X-men continuity, had a terrible story, and crappy FX. Whoever get’s Star Wars needs to treat the original story like the bible, and not ignore it to make their film work.

    • Why? George Lucas himself already ignored the original films and screwed up the continuity.

  10. Vaughn makes sense. I guess the biggest issues would be that Vaughn likes to have input on the scripts for his films and it goes without saying that he’s a bit flakey with his track record of dropping out of films.
    But this is Disney we are talking about so I’m sure that if they decide Vaughn is the guy they will get what they want. Also I’m sure they will lock him into a deal that if he does try to back out the only films he’ll be making over the next 20yrs are home movies with his family.

  11. I think you guys are forgetting that he also directed Stardust. I agree with your statements about him being a jokester, but I think Stardust is a terrific example of Vaughn being more than capable of directing a sci-fi fantasy adventure film with plenty of heart. I personally would be excited if he’s eventually tapped to direct Episode VII.

    • LOT of campy humor in Stardust .

      • And Star Wars DOESN’T have campy humor?

    • Um, I personally referenced Stardust, did I not?

      Stardust is still making fun of certain things in films like it (see: Robert De Niro’s character).

      • Oop, my bad, skipped that part of the article. Yeah you’re right. Still, I wouldn’t say that Vaughn’s films are without heart.

  12. I still think Kevin Smith should direct it >.>

    • He shouldn’t touch it a gaffi stick.

  13. Oh Kevin Smith should for sure. He’s the most qualitied. He knows Star Wars better than lucas

    • He would make a horrid “Star Wars” movie. Sure he’s a fan, but that’s it. In all the years since “Clerks”, he hasn’t really given me anything that would make him suitable. Besides spoofing up Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill pretty much puts me off.

  14. I think that X-Men: First Class had the right tone to it, which suggests to me that Vaughn could be the right director for SW.

  15. Haha a Kevin smith star wars! They’d have to have Jay and silent bob! Maybe as r2 and threepio?

  16. I really like First Class and it was a great stand alone film but it went way off from the established X-Men Movie Mythos. I don’t want that to happen with Star Wars.

  17. I loved loved LOVED Layer Cake, but he looks so smug in that pic lol

  18. Dunno about you fellas??But I know it will feel rather weird to go see a SW movie without the famous 20th century fox drum and trumpet intro that we have come so accustomed to hearing.

  19. Hmm I was thinking Ron Howard.Seems to put his soul into the works

  20. Who the bloody hell are some of these people to say X MEN 1ST CLASS was no good??For those of you who don’t 1ST CLASS IS A PREQUEL!!It doesn’t need to follow any continuity at all!It is setting the continuity itself!Wake up 1ST CLASS detractors!It is prequel that is setting things up for future installments!

  21. i would say let spielberg make the first. aronofsky make the dark sequel and let jackson make a grand finale

  22. I would’ve like to see Christopher Nolan directing Star Wars…sadly its certain that Vaungh will. I just hope he doesn’t leave, like he has done with X-men.