And so it begins, or ends, or starts…one of them. Yet another director has turned down directorial duties on the new Disney paid-for Star Wars VII movie .
The first director many fans immediately turned to was Brad Bird, the man from Pixar who directed The Incredibles and the most recent Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol movie. He has, however, politely declined. In a series of Tweets he claimed to be flattered by the interest but is already working on a sci-fi movie (hopefully not the channel!) with George Clooney called 1952.
The most recent director to turn down the project is one of my favourites, Guillermo del Toro. The agent of the director behind the awesome Pan’s Labyrinth and Hell Boy and the upcoming Pacific Rim got the call but the man himself said he was too busy but flattered to have been asked.
“I think fans deserve somebody that is just going to immerse themselves completely [in the project],” said the director.
He also went on to suggest that Brad Bird should be the man to direct the movie, who knows if this will change his mind or not – probably not.
Other directors who have apparently turned the role down include Stephen Spielberg and J.J. Abrams, the latter preferring to stick with Star Trek than switch to Star Wars. Some people have suggested that Quentin Tarantino was asked but I personally can’t see that.
It’s not hard to see why directors are turning it down, despite it being worth upwards of $4 billion dollars and instant name recognition world-wide, Lucas said he was sick of people yelling at him all the time and saying ‘what a terrible person he was’ after the last three movies.
The new franchise has, on paper at least, a good screenwriter at the helm in Michael Arendt, the man behind Toy Story 3 and Little Miss Sunshine, he’s apparently completed an early treatment for the trilogy.
So who will be in that director’s chair to yell ‘action’ when the time comes? Well the current front runner appears to be Matthew Vaughn, he of X-Men First Class, Kick-Ass, Stardust and Layer Cake directing fame.
The director hasn’t said either way if he’s in or out. Looking at his upcoming projects he is producing Kick-Ass 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past but nothing is down for directing other than a short. It would be great to have a Brit at the helm but there is another, Christopher Nolan anyone?
Personally I think Kathleen Kennedy will go for a relative newcomer to direct the movie, perhaps with someone ‘assisting’ in the exec-producer style role.