This year, we'll see the release of a number of sequels or reboots in many a beloved film franchises. Jurassic World and Terminator: Genysis are set for summer releases, acting as continuations of the previously established storylines while also introducing the franchises to a new audience. Later this year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will open and pick up following where Return of the Jedi left off.
Additionally, Disney/Lucasfilm is developing an Indiana Jones reboot with Chris Pratt as their top pick to star. Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn recently went on the record saying he would be interested in directing one of these revived franchises.
In an interview with CB promoting his new film, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Vaughn spoke about growing up with films like Star Wars, Superman, and the first Indiana Jones movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark. He said he grew up with that style of filmmaking and has been recreating it for a modern audience. Vaughn also said he would be “very interested” in directing a new installment to one of the franchises he grew up watching.
Read Vaughn’s full quote:
“If someone offered me 'Star Wars' or 'Indiana Jones' I would be very interested. When you’re the director, you just don’t know. Something clicks and you go, 'Yup, I wanna go make that story,' so never say never to anything, but right now I’m in the world of 'Kingsman,' so it’s really hard to think about anything else."
Following the announcement of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Vaughn was rumored to be in talks to direct the film, before J.J. Abrams (Star Trek) landed the gig. However, with roughly one Star Wars movie being released every year and solo movies/spinoffs also in the mix, Vaughn may have another opportunity to direct a Star Wars film. As for the Indiana Jones reboot, it doesn’t yet have a director attached and Vaughn could very well be in the running when it comes time for the studio to pick a director.
Of course, although it may be possible for Vaughn to direct a Star Wars or Indiana Jones movie, that doesn’t necessarily mean he will. There are many other factors that go into those decisions, not the least of which is timing. Vaughn has left projects in favor of those he was more interested in, such as leaving X-Men: Days of Future Past to direct Kingsman: The Secret Service.
In addition to timing, both the studio and the director need to see eye to eye on the story and vision of the film. Vaughn can be particular about the projects on which he works, as we’ve previously discussed. So, many different factors would need to align in order for a Vaughn-directed Star Wars or Indiana Jones film to become a real possibility - though it’s not altogether impossible either.
What do you think? Would you like to see a Star Wars or Indiana Jones film directed by Matthew Vaughn? Let us know in the comments!
Kingsman: The Secret Service opens February 13th, 2015.
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