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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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1 Kathryn Bigelow!
SW 7 needs tension, and lots of it. The prequels are so pedestrian. We're going over here ... now we're going over here ... oh wait, I left the gas on, we'd best go back to Tattooine ... let's stop off at Kashyyyk for some milk and a scrap. I would have also said Gareth Evans (f*ck me, The Raid is tense, eh?) but obviously he's not up for it, as we can see above. Failing that, Joe Kosinski, but only if someone else approves the script first because the script for Tron:Legacy was what took it down from fantastic to slightly disappointing. But ... f*cking 'ell ... the man gives great visuals. More

Posted by Nicky C on Monday January 7, 2013, 17:10

2 Edger
what! no mention of Edger Wright? Simon Pegg could play a Gungan. More

Posted by Electric Shepard on Wednesday December 5, 2012, 01:34

3 Matthew Vaughn
Well it looks all but confirmed that Ep VII will indeed be directed by Mr Vaughn. Thanks Jason Flemying! http://www.metro.co.uk/film/919244-jason-f lemyng-lets-slip-that-matthew-vaughn-is-directing-star- wars-7 More

Posted by Ben Myers on Wednesday November 28, 2012, 12:11

4 D'oh!
David 'SFX cameraman-on-RotJ / uber-director' Fincher, anyone? More

Posted by Litshttam on Friday November 23, 2012, 18:47

5 Ron Howard
At least let him do any narrating in the film. "It's arrested development". More

Posted by buttrough on Wednesday November 21, 2012, 21:53

6 you missed Martin Campbell
the man resuscitated Bond twice, hes certainly got the action chops More

Posted by Notmyrealusername on Monday November 19, 2012, 21:04

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Rian Johnson, we need a high tech grungy look. More

Posted by MB2 on Monday November 19, 2012, 15:35

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I think Malcolm Tucker should direct it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5iRmPBve80 More

Posted by billypunk on Sunday November 18, 2012, 18:59

9 TARTAKOVSKY
I can't believe he's not at least a wild card. Some epsiodes of Samurai Jack are truly epic and the cinematic flourishes are pure class - he's obviously a true student of the craft: there are homages to Leone, Kurosawa, Lean, Scott, Spielberg, Miyazaki... There's a reason why he was picked for the original Clone Wars series. Having said that my money is strongly on Joe Kosinski. More

Posted by Dr Science on Friday November 16, 2012, 14:11

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What about Rian Johnson? I know he's only made three movies, but he made a great job with Looper and I think he could do great things with Star Wars. More

Posted by Diogo23 on Friday November 16, 2012, 09:14

11 Matthew Vaughn or Guillermo Del Toro
are my two choices. Vaughn is great at creating well made popcorn flicks with a fresh feel and good action scenes, as proven by Kick Ass and X-men First Class. Whereas Del Toro is one of the greatest fantasy directors of modern times, he'd be great for the visuals and creatures that inhabit the world of Star Wars, and he also has a good eye for action scenes. It would be good retribution for him after leaving The Hobbit films. Bottom line - they both have more talent in their pinkies than the hack that is George Lucas. They can't go wrong with either choice. More

Posted by criffle on Friday November 16, 2012, 08:25

12 Not a chance it will happen
Whilst I like millions of others have been and probably will be an uber Star Wars geek, does anyone actually think they can get a Star Wars movie into cinemas in a little over 2 years?? Scripts need writing, then re-writing, casting, production design, filming, editing and even the SFX work tell me we are at least 2014/15 before a reasonable movie can be made. They haven't even earmarked a director yet, and to me that is the most important thing at the moment so they can oversee the entire pre-production process. If I am wrong, I will eat Jar Jar Binks!!! More

Posted by spamfiend on Thursday November 15, 2012, 11:40

13 Peter Jackson
No mention of Star Wars greatest rival ? More

Posted by danielthompson99 on Thursday November 15, 2012, 10:46

14 Neill Blomkamp
I second Neill Blomkamp. Above all we need a director who can show some self restraint with regards to digital effects. What Lucas delivered with the last 3 movies were practically animated movies. More

Posted by jazzyjules63 on Thursday November 15, 2012, 07:37

15 please not Favreau
hes a poor director, iron man 1 and 2, cowboys and aliens- nothing very special at all, very overated. Infact he directed the only superhero movie where the superhero is less interesting than his true identity. More

Posted by mclane1 on Thursday November 15, 2012, 06:18

16 RE:
L: Cravats Here's another name for the Wildcard list - Joe Cornish! HIS! More

Posted by Schnorbitz on Thursday November 15, 2012, 01:22

17 bryan singer
get bryan singer, can do franchise and big budget and actors want to work with him More

Posted by magnusdaz on Wednesday November 14, 2012, 21:04

18 How about.....
Kevin Smith More

Posted by marlo on Wednesday November 14, 2012, 15:47

19
Although I'm not that excited by an additional trilogy, if I had to choose I'd like to see Brad Bird having a crack at it. More

Posted by chris wootton on Wednesday November 14, 2012, 13:44

20 How about.....
Danny Boyle?? More

Posted by JohnMcClane81 on Wednesday November 14, 2012, 13:35

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