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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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21 RE: RE:
I directed a school play which was pretty good 17 years or so ago...but I am busy the next couple of years so I am officially pulling myself out of the running to direct the new Starwars film More

Posted by waltham1979 on Wednesday November 14, 2012, 12:38

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Paul WS Anderson would rock it. yeah, if I can make myself heard over the sounds of booing and hissing and the thump of falling bodies. And the gunfire directed at me. I think he'd do a good job of Star Wars - he's an unabashed sci-fi fan, he's got a proven track record of making money out of a franchise, he promotes gender diversity and we'd probably have something with Mara Jade (or a Jade-alike) if he got his hands on it. More

Posted by Russ Whitfield on Wednesday November 14, 2012, 12:23

23 RE:
If we're allowed to throw names into the mix, how about Edgar Wright? Just saying... More

Posted by beancounter on Wednesday November 14, 2012, 10:23

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Wild card - Gary Ross. Is a decent writer, has worked with Kathleen Kennedy before and made a good fist of Hunger Games. Pleasantville also had a certain Luke/Leia brother/sister supernatural vibe going on More

Posted by AndyGravidy on Wednesday November 14, 2012, 09:27

25 RIAN JOHNSON
Rian Johnson should be on this list somewhere More

Posted by Matt. on Wednesday November 14, 2012, 03:58

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Guillermo Del Toro has got to be the most overrated director working today. Both Hellboy movies were rubbish, he's too abstract and arty for a Star Wars movie. He'd be all wrong for it. Neill Blomkamp? The jury's still out on him. What are James Cameron, Ridley Scott and David Fincher doing around 2015, hmm? More

Posted by BenTramer on Wednesday November 14, 2012, 03:48

27 RE: Matthew Vaughan would probably walk out!
Now HERE's a wild card: Trey Parker and Matt Stone. If they will work for Disney, and if Disney will hire them, after some of the things they have had to say about the house of mouse (and, indeed, George Lucas). You don't get to be so good at g nres without understanding how they work so intimately that you can be utterly in control of what you are parodying and how you do it. And if you can push the buttons to riff on genre. you can also choose to be straight down the line, and use the imagination required to take the mickey to find ways to push the buttons to play it straight. And over the years, they have used the backdrop of being mickey takers to get into an animated show some very hard hitting stuff. And as far as handling the use of an ensemble, and giving individual characters their moment in the spotlight goes, whether for tragedy or comedy, they've been consistently doing it for years. You simply don't get to be as good at doing what these guys do withouMore

Posted by jobloffski on Wednesday November 14, 2012, 01:53

28 Matthew Vaughan would probably walk out!
Matthew Vaughn walks out on xmen 3 at the last minute. Matthew Vaughan walks out on Thor. Matthew Vaughan walks out on xmen first class sequel. Matthew Vaughan is partly responsible for the lottery funding being taken. I know Lucas will respect and admire the fact the guy sets out to make commercially successful independent produced films, and don't get me wrong I've thought he did a good job so far...but I can't see Lucas giving over LOTS of control and Vaughan clearly doesn't like to play by other people's rules. Brad Bird all the way! More

Posted by makeminemedia on Wednesday November 14, 2012, 01:23

29 Kenneth Bragnah
Kenneth Brannagh would do a good job. Thor was very star wars like in look and tone. More

Posted by Mightyman on Tuesday November 13, 2012, 23:22

30 Neill Blomkamp!!
It may be a outside chance but Neill Blomkamp would be awesome, that's who i'd like to see have a crack at it. District 9 was great and I'm looking forward to seeing Elysium, clever, fun sci-fi is what the Star Wars prequels were sorely lacking. More

Posted by GUYGUR on Tuesday November 13, 2012, 22:35

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id love to see what david cronenburg or david lynch would do with it...just so it screwed up 11 year old kids heads who wouldnt have a clue what was going on(as well as most adults too).the creatures they would dream up would be pretty far out there!! More

Posted by darktrain on Tuesday November 13, 2012, 21:59

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Jim Jarmusch?? I could see Bill Murray as a sardonic droid, part Three-pio part Marvin the Paranoid Android. And Tilda Swinton would make a great female version of Grand Moff Tarkin. I jest of course but in serious terms I'm so glad MIchael Bay's name hasn't been mentioned. Also, what about Robert Rodriguez? With Spy KIds he clearly knows his way around kids movies, is familiar with the technology and can do fantasty worlds and shit like that More

Posted by PaoloCorleone on Tuesday November 13, 2012, 21:52

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Either M.Night Shyamalan or Michael Bay. More

Posted by sifter132 on Tuesday November 13, 2012, 21:42

34 RE: F* ck that ...
L: Nicky C What about Michael Haneke? Or Nancy Meyers? Oron Trieruote] Suddenly alternative slave Laia in Jabbas palace scenes popped up in my head. I'll walk calmly in to my kitchen and carve out my eyes with a fork. More

Posted by Overmind on Tuesday November 13, 2012, 19:31

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Here's another name for the Wildcard list - Joe Cornish! More

Posted by Cravats on Tuesday November 13, 2012, 19:20

36 Danny Boyle?
Just saying More

Posted by Lassard on Tuesday November 13, 2012, 19:14

37 Danny Boyle?
Just saying More

Posted by Lassard on Tuesday November 13, 2012, 19:08

38 Gareth Evans????
OH NO,, what will we do?? Cancel everything!! Second on the list is internationally acclaimed powerhouse of a Director, 31 year old Gareth Evans, and he's ruled himself out, Oh Dear. As if this guy was ever in the running,, cheek of him! Just worry about your VHS 2 project mate, the sequel to the worst piece of sh#t ever. More

Posted by Jamie_M on Tuesday November 13, 2012, 18:14

39 Peter Jackson?
Peter Jackson? Star Wars: A New Hope is basically a rehash of LOTR anyway... But my vote would be for David Fincher: Jedi-Fight-Club. More

Posted by fiercehairdo on Tuesday November 13, 2012, 17:33

40 Pedant's Corner: "Could NOT care less" not "could care less"...
OK, sorry to be an annoying, off-topic pedant but can someone tell Tarantino (and all Americans for that matter) that the phrase is "I couldn't care less" not " I could care less". The former means: 'I care so little that I could not possibly care any less than I do now' - which means 'I really do not care'. The latter means: 'I don't care much but I could care even less which shows I do actually care a little' -which means 'I care a little'. These things matter people. More

Posted by fiercehairdo on Tuesday November 13, 2012, 17:30

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