The Star Wars talk just won’t die down. Ever since the announcement of Disney buying out Lucasfilm there has been tons and tons of rumors circulating about who will be directing the upcoming Episode VII and the films that follow. The plan is for a new Star Wars film to be in front of our eyeballs by 2015 and a new one to follow every couple of years.
This means that Disney needs to get things moving, if they haven’t already. Collider is reporting that part of the reason why Matthew Vaughn suddenly exited X-Men: Days of Future Past (which he handed off to producer Bryan Singer) was because he might be in talks to direct Star Wars: Episode VII.
I could see this being a real possibility, because Vaughn is known for churning out quality product with a quick turnaround. There’s also a director’s shortlist getting passed around by MarketSaw that mentions Steven Spielberg, Neill Blomkamp, Darren Aronofsky, Joss Whedon and Alfonso Cuaron.
Spielberg seems like the most obvious choice, but I don’t see him stepping in for George Lucas. Blomkamp should stick to his original sci-fi films and go nowhere near Star Wars. Aronofsky is still tied up with Noah and Whedon already has Avengers 2 on his plate, so both of them sound like a no-go.
That leaves Alfonso Cuaron. Children of Men is a sci-fi classic and his upcoming film Gravity sounds incredible. He should take the same advice offered to Blomkamp.
In all honesty, all of these directors can certainly pump out a Star Wars film that would service the fans and bring in new ones, but I don’t think they should bother with it. Leave it for someone still trying to establish a name in Hollywood or Matthew Vaughn, because he’s probably locked in and ready to go and I wouldn’t mind seeing what he does with Star Wars, and also because he managed to make X-Men relevant again and hopefully he can do the same for this tired franchise.