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Harrison Ford "Open" To Star Wars Return
Begun these rumour wars have

06 November 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Han Solo

You didn’t need to be a prescient Jedi master to predict the minute Disney and Lucasfilm made last week’s big, exciting announcement that the Star Wars galaxy would return to our screens, the rumours about who might be involved would start flying. And fly they have, with word on both Harrison Ford possibly being up for a return to Han Solo’s trousers and our first whisper-of-a-rumour about a director candidate.

Entertainment Weekly’s new hire, Geoff Boucher (formerly of the LA Times) has a source saying that Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are all “upbeat” about returning to the franchise that helped launch their careers. While we naturally have to file this one in the soon-to-be-bulging New Star Wars Rumour File, it’s a hopeful sign that we really will see the three original leads passing the torch – or the lightsaber, or the blaster – to new characters.

Ford, who has never been the most vocal fan of Star Wars’ scripts, also thought Han should have died in Return Of The Jedi to give it more emotional weight. He was the least likely of the three to make a return, but the idea he’d even consider it makes us very happy indeed. And Boucher is not a man to spread wild rumours.

As to the director rumours, the gang at Collider have heard that Matthew Vaughn, who recently departed the big chair on X-Men: Days Of Future Past, could be in talks to pick up the megaphone for the new Star Wars outing, due in 2015.

Naturally, we’d expect the Mouse House and the Lucasfilm team to reach out to any number of experienced names, and Vaughn’s certain to be on their list. We even said as much in a recent podcast (take a listen below).

But until there are official announcements, we recommend having a Sarlacc pit-sized heap of salt handy to take with any Force source chatter…


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Blomkamp could direct.
Why not pass on the directing duties to Neil Blomkamp? District 9 was great fun, he has proven he can do sci-fi. What i liked best about that film is it worked on a few levels, comically, emotionally and it had some good action sequences too, he also got the political tones of that movie right, no boring trade embargoes like the star wars prequels, Best of all it was fun which is what Star Wars should be Imagine what he could do with a big budget!! More

Posted by GUYGUR at 23:58 on 11 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Ford's a businessman
Why is it a given that George Lucas won't direct, is that the terms of the Disney deal? Unless it's written by George Lucas and following his vision it's a pointless endeavour. More

Posted by fasbinder_62 at 15:03 on 09 November 2012 | Report This Post

Ford's a businessman
If he's offered a shit ton of money to play Solo again.. he will.. who wouldn't? More

Posted by chris wootton at 13:58 on 07 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: An epihpany if you will...
Genndy Tartakovsky will get it - you wait and see. More

Posted by Osric at 18:19 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: An epihpany if you will...
Would it not be sensible to get a journeyman but experienced director like Kershner & Marquand were rather than a 'visionary' or 'auteur' who might try and put too much of their own style on the movies? I would let the new powers that be to get someone like Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer, Captain America) or Simon Wincer (The Phantom) to give it a go. Even some of the Bond directors such as Roger Spottiswoode, Lee Tamahori and Martin Campbell would be good choices. I would not go for Tim More

Posted by Private Hudson at 18:05 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: An epihpany if you will...
st we'd get to see more of Princess Leia's arse. More

Posted by jonson at 17:03 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: An epihpany if you will...
L: jonson It'd be quite cool if he'd actually lost the Millenium Falcon in a bet and was cruising the galaxy in a really large fridge. sm=happy07.gif] I just had an amazing, spectacular yet horrific thought...can you imagine Star Wars directed by Micheal Bay?! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 16:43 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: An epihpany if you will...
It'd be quite cool if he'd actually lost the Millenium Falcon in a bet and was cruising the galaxy in a really large fridge. More

Posted by jonson at 16:14 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: An epihpany if you will...
L: Harry Tuttle L: great_badir L: Harry Tuttle this would make a billion dollars with Uwe Boll at the helm would LOVE to see what Boll would do with it. Not through any perverse desire to see the superfans get shat on (again), but just through sheer fascination and ty as to what a Boll Star Wars film would be like.../quote] It would be glorious. ldn't possibly be any worse than the prequels anyway It would, because it;s not like /lucas had no ide More

Posted by jobloffski at 15:59 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

Correct me if I'm wrong don't we know already? I thought the next 3 books were already written? Therefore if people do that old fashioned thing called 'read a book' we can find out! Again, I sit to be corrected! More

Posted by combourg at 15:32 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: An epihpany if you will...
Can you actually have a pit sized heap? Aren;t they sort of opposites? You'd want a heap that was the size of another heap. A Jabba-sized heap maybe. More

Posted by Osric at 15:18 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: An epihpany if you will...
Gimli would love it at least. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 13:51 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: An epihpany if you will...
L: great_badir L: Harry Tuttle this would make a billion dollars with Uwe Boll at the helm would LOVE to see what Boll would do with it. Not through any perverse desire to see the superfans get shat on (again), but just through sheer fascination and ty as to what a Boll Star Wars film would be like.../quote] It would be glorious.       ldn't possibly be any worse than the prequels anyway More

Posted by Harry Tuttle at 13:49 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: An epihpany if you will...
L: Harry Tuttle this would make a billion dollars with Uwe Boll at the helm would LOVE to see what Boll would do with it. Not through any perverse desire to see the superfans get shat on (again), but just through sheer fascination and curiosity as to what a Boll Star Wars film would be like... More

Posted by great_badir at 13:32 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: An epihpany if you will...
L: waltham1979 Lucas was restricted in his choice of directors wasn't he for his films as he wasn't part of the Directors or Writers Guild (why Spielberg wasn't able to direct Return of the Jedi I believe). Now that Star Wars is owned by Disney, does this restriction lift? a StarWars film directed by Nolan or Spielbergubs hands together and does manic, deep, scary laugh* hohahaha... sp; God I hope not. I'm a fan of Nolan's work but I can't see his film making style lending itself well More

Posted by Harry Tuttle at 13:24 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Harrison Ford
Reading between the lines last week, my initial thought on Lucas taking Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill to lunch to talk future Star Wars was a subtle hint that there's more for Luke and Leia to do, maybe even if only in some sort of 'Well kids, this is what happened next' framing device. However, if Harrison Ford could also be involved, well...not holding my breath but that would be too much to hope for. Some thoughts on the article though: - Ford, as everyone knows, has always been somewha More

Posted by BelfastBoy at 13:07 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

An epihpany if you will...
Lucas was restricted in his choice of directors wasn't he for his films as he wasn't part of the Directors or Writers Guild (why Spielberg wasn't able to direct Return of the Jedi I believe). Now that Star Wars is owned by Disney, does this restriction lift? Imagine a StarWars film directed by Nolan or Spielberg?!...*rubs hands together and does manic, deep, scary laugh* hohahaha... More

Posted by waltham1979 at 12:21 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

RE: let's just see what happens
In re: to John Williams, this has been the question most on my mind. The score really needs to feel like Star Wars for this to be able to work properly. My recommendation would be Michael Giacchino. I know he's already done Star Trek, but he is the composer whose work most resembles John Williams. Listen to 'on NeptuneMedal Of Honor: Airborne and tell me that doesn't already sound like it was from a Star Wars film. His work on the Medal Of Honor series, Lost and Super 8 more than qualifies More

Posted by domcruise at 11:52 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

Matthew Vaugn to direct...
I wonder how long before he leaves the film due to creative differences with the studio this time? More

Posted by waltham1979 at 10:41 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

Could be perfect I mean he's already a cantancarus old git at the best of times & well you could just imagine what an older Han Solo would be like. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 10:27 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

Gore Verbinski is the perfect choice to direct Episode VII
Watch Rango and Curse of the Black Pearl and you'll see what I mean. More

Posted by Cameron1975Williams at 10:05 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

let's just see what happens
to have Ford in someway involved would be great for all us old fans, sure. Solo was, for me, the one who made Star Wars so much fun back in 77. his character was a tonic for all those who thought the whole po-faced Jedi thing was just a bit much. that's one of the reasons the prequels fell so flat a lot of the time. they had no one saying 'yeah, yeah, whatever Jedi-boy...' the thing to remember is that you need to let others carry on the stories and you need to make sure those new characters ar More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 07:52 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

The torch should be passed
First a correction-Harrison Ford did want to see Han Solo die and sacrifice himself for his friends...in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. The director of the film agreed. Lucas however did not. Hence,Han Solo was resecued in the opening of RETURN OF THE JEDI. The torch should be passed by the the original trio of actors. It is the most responsible way of keeping the epic success of the Star Wars movies alive...pick it up with Luke and his Jedi Academy, the twin children of Han and Leia, both Jedis in More

Posted by Swking1135 at 06:15 on 06 November 2012 | Report This Post

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