Now that the Matthew Vaughn rumor swirl has died down, we have two other names who are shaping up to be the front runners for the Episode VII directing gig (as dictated by the internet): Jon Favreau and J.J. Abrams.  … Continue reading

Jon Favreau & J.J. Abrams Sound Off On ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Now that the Matthew Vaughn rumor swirl has died down, we have two other names who are shaping up to be the front runners for the Episode VII directing gig (as dictated by the internet):
Jon Favreau and J.J. Abrams.  They’ve been approached to speak on the record regarding the possibility of directing a new Star Wars film.
Here’s what Jon Favreau had to say:
“I think both J.J. and I come from a generation of people who formed our whole creative persona around what we experienced as kids from watching those films, and I have had the good fortune of working with George [Lucas] and around George, and whether it is doing a voice on Clone Wars, or being at the Skywalker Ranch mixing Iron Man – so I have been very happy and lucky to just experience the culture that Lucas has created, both in my own life growing up as a kid and professional – whether it was interviewing him at film festivals on stage, 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. I think there is a lot of question marks of how they are going to do it, and who they are going to do it with, and what the story is going to be about; but to say that I am not excited about it is definitely an understatement. We’ll see.”
And J.J. Abram’s words of wisdom:
“Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time. I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!”

Why do I get the feeling Favreau is probably — scratch that — is VERY LIKELY to get the job?  His relationship with Lucas and ILM and Disney and Marvel and… it just seems inevitable at this point.

Source: HollywoodLife

  • Kinobick

    I just really hope they don’t make these films too self referential. They have a great opportunity to do something fresh with a new cast a create a new and exiciting universe without bringing back all the characters and treading over old ground.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kaare.dyrness Kaare Dyrness

    I kinda hope not. Loved Iron Man, but Iron Man 2 was a bloated rehash of the first, and Cowboys and Aliens had nothing going for it other then its concept and SOME interesting casting choices. Iron Man is shaping up to look like kindof a happy fluke. Now J.J…. the idea of having Trek and Wars under the same guiding hand intrigues me…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peter-James/100002603705062 Peter James

    He’s already destroyed Star Trek (by essentially trying to make it into a Star Wars clone – and everything that Star Trek is specifically NOT).
    He admits that he was never a Star Trek fan, even going into directing it (which explains a lot of the stupidity in the script).

    And you think it would be a good idea for him to get the new Star Wars gig too?

    Good freakin grief!!!