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.