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Star Wars Episode VII Directors: Rumour Control
A handy guide to the directors who have ruled themselves in or out of a job...

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[Director Name] Interested In Star Wars! [Director Name] NOT Interested In Star Wars! It’s been a week and a half and already we’ve seen approximately seventy bajillion such stories. So rather than cynically run every breath of Star Wars news between now and May, 2015, we’re going to gather all the whispers of director interest / disinterest and just plonk them here instead because honestly, when a busy person points out that they’re busy that should not qualify as news. Here you can see all the runners and riders at a glance, without endless speculation about who is looking likely or not. You’re welcome, world.

WORDS HELEN O'HARA
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RULED THEMSELVES OUT

Colin Trevarrow
Colin Trevorrow
November 18, Twitter
The up-and-coming director of Safety Not Guaranteed, an indie time-travel movie, was said (by a “source”) to be in the running after meeting George Lucas. But not so, according to the man himself! He said on Twitter that, “To clarify, there is another film we all love that I’m currently trying not to mess up. Odds I will direct Episode VII: 3720 to 1.” Let the furious speculation about what that other film might be begin!”
Brad Bird
Brad Bird
November 16, Twitter
Sorry, makers of THIS VIDEO but Brad Bird had ruled himself out of Star Wars, as predicted, on the basis that he’s already making a sci-fi movie. In a series of tweets, he said his next project would be, “A science fiction film. Not Star Wars. It's not Episode VII. I'm not slamming Star Wars. I'm just doing "1952"! Sheesh! Michael Arndt is a fantastic writer and Kathy Kennedy is a brilliant producer. I will be first in line to see the new Star Wars.”
Mike Newell
Mike Newell
November 14, Empire webchat
A reader asked the Great Expectations director if he fancied the job. “Yes I do, but I’m not going to get it!”
Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
November 1, Apple Store Q&A, London
Are you on the list? "No." Do you want to be? "No."
Gareth Evans
Gareth Evans
November 1, Twitter
"I think I'm better suited as a rabid fan watching rather than making them."
Zack Snyder
Zack Snyder
November 8, LA Times
"I don't think I'd be interested in [directing it]. I'm a huge 'Star Wars' fanatic. I just think doing [episodes] seven, eight and nine is just a slippery slope."
Quentin Tarantino
Quentin Tarantino
November 8, EW
"I could so care less. No, sorry. Especially if Disney's going to do it. I'm not interested in the Simon West version of Star Wars."
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg
November 9, Access Hollywood
"No! No! It's not my genre. It's my best friend George's genre."
JJ Abrams
JJ Abrams
November 9, Hollywood Life
“I am looking forward more than anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!”

 

TIPPED FOR THE JOB

Jon Favreau
NEW UPDATE
Jon Favreau

November 30, Deadline
Deadline claimed on November 30 that Favreau is "panting after" this job, despite the fact that the man himself was quoted on November 9, Hollywood Life saying, “I have been very happy and lucky to just experience the culture that Lucas has created. He is just a really wonderful, talented gifted guy who has changed the business so much, so I am just giddy, first and foremost as a fan, to see what happens with it."
Joe Johnston
Joe Johnston
November 12, Huffington Post
Asked about Star Wars, Johnston said, “Without George Lucas and "Star Wars," I might have been responsible for some very exciting bus seats, but I would not be making films.” So would he direct Episode VII? “A lot would depend on what 'it' is. I am very glad to see Lucasfilm cranking up to get productive again, regardless of who ends up doing it."
Matthew Vaughn
Matthew Vaughn
No official word.
He’s free, since dropping out of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, and rumours have been swirling thanks to a Collider report naming “sources”.
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo Del Toro
November 12, Fanhattan
The Pacific Rim director told Fanhattan that, “I haven’t approached them, they haven’t formally approached me. If this becomes ever a reality, and there’s an approach to do it, I would then think about it, but — it’s like thinking if I want to date a supermodel.

 

WILDCARDS

David Fincher
NEW UPDATE
David Fincher
November 30, Deadline
The same Deadline piece that discussed Favreau (above) also claimed that David Fincher, having worked in a tiny role at ILM as a teen, might be "game for" one of these films. Chalk this all up very much as rumours of speculation, but your mouth is probably already watering anyway.
Justin Lin
Justin Lin
November 12
The Fast Five director spoke to Empire recently and said, “I think if you ever get the privilege of being asked, you should definitely take that meeting. It’s interesting even as a filmgoer to see who they would pick, because it’s so rich a world. The person has to have a strong point of view going in. It could rock." So colour him interested.
Duncan Jones
Duncan Jones
No word.
He made Moon, an excellent sci-fi movie, and continued to show his love for the genre in Source Code. But there has been nothing yet to suggest that he’s up for this, and he’s currently beavering away on a planned Ian Fleming biopic.
Joe Kosinski
Joe Kosinski
No word.
He worked with screenwriter Michael Arndt on his upcoming sci-fi movie Oblivion, is in Disney’s good books and knows his way around a great-looking sci-fi movie.
Dave Filoni
Dave Filoni
No word.
He’s not exactly a household name, but Filoni is the last man to direct a Star Wars movie, having brought us The Clone Wars film in 2008. As such, he’s very much in Lucas’ camp and might be in the running.
Andrew Stanton
Andrew Stanton
Don’t hold your breath.
Stanton’s a sci-fi lover, a fan favourite and a helluva director, but chances of him trying a sci-fi film at Disney so soon after John Carter’s box-office bath? Slim to none, we’d say. Also, he’s probably started work on Finding Nemo 2 by now.
Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon
Don’t hold your breath.
Get real, people! He’s got Avengers 2 due in 2015 and there is no possible way to do both. We don’t see Whedon abandoning Marvel to take the reins – at least on Episode VII. Keep dreaming for the sequels.
Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
Hahaha.
For it is written: wheresoever geeks may gather, someone will bring up Christopher Nolan’s name and suggest that he should direct everything. In this case, however, it seems wildly unlikely.
David Yates
David Yates
No word.
The Harry Potter director managed four wizard films in a row, a pace that would have killed a lesser man, and did them proud. He would be a good catch for any sensible franchise – but he may be about to get Tarzan underway at Warners.

Josh Trank
No word.
His name has been bandied about, but Josh Trank is currently set to reboot the Fantastic Four over at Fox – where he made his breakthrough hit, Chronicle – so he would seem to be out of the running.
Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
Not never ever.
While we’d be fascinated to see a Wes Anderson Star Wars movie – and on the basis of this Conan O’Brien skit, it’d be awesome, we think it’s about as likely as seeing extensive use of Comic-Sans in an Anderson film.
Mark Andrews
Mark Andrews
Empire podcast interview, November 6
Andrews claimed that he’d be happy to direct Episodes VII, VIII, IX and X while also directing his next Pixar movie with the other hand. We suspect he may have been joking.

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41 Actually
Duncan Jones, Matthew Vaughn- if you make another star wars it needs a big budget and better writers than that of X-men first class- also better actors. More

Posted by lewisb548 on Tuesday November 13, 2012, 16:57

42 Sigh.
All of those directors will fuck up star wars majorly, to be honest most directors will, Lucas should have left the films well alone that said, I am still curious as too how the films will turn out and I'm looking forward to seeing them despite the negative hype that clouds my mind at this present time. More

Posted by lewisb548 on Tuesday November 13, 2012, 16:56

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Bela Tarr, Gasper Noe and Aleksandr Sokurov More

Posted by jdfxxx on Tuesday November 13, 2012, 16:31

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Ron Howard? Or how about Tim Burton? Johnny Depp to play the next Darth, Helena Bonham Carter to play Yoda's wife... More

Posted by Rizey on Tuesday November 13, 2012, 16:19

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I still vote for Joe Johnston. If he can handle Captain America with style, he can handle Star Wars. The man DESIGNED Star Wars IV-VI. He's the man for the job. More

Posted by otterhead on Tuesday November 13, 2012, 16:19

46 F* ck that ...
What about Michael Haneke? Or Nancy Meyers? Or Lars Von Trier? More

Posted by Nicky C on Tuesday November 13, 2012, 16:05

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Duncan Jones ! More

Posted by bereski on Tuesday November 13, 2012, 15:56

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