Matthew Vaughn in Talks to Direct Star Wars?
After announcing the acquisition of Lucasfilm and the rights to Star Wars, Disney is looking to start production on Episode VII, which is expected to be released sometime in 2015. Collider is reporting Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass) is in the running to direct the much-anticipated sequel.
Various interviews with Disney CEO Bob Iger and Star Wars creator George Lucas following the $4.05 billion sale indicate that a deal had been in the works for quite some time. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, who will be executive producer, mentioned in a press release to have already spoken to several writers to discuss ideas, and Lucas said he wrote story treatments for the Episodes VII-IX.
Collider speculates that because a deal and plan to make more movies had been in the works, Lucasfilm was also in the stages of hiring a director for its new film. Vaughn recently opted not to direct X-Men: Days of Future Past and left the directorial duties to Bryan Singer, which adds more validity to Collider’s story. The talented director also helped pen some of his films (including X-Men and Kick-Ass). Could he be one of the writers Kennedy spoke to regarding ideas for a story?
Not to be outdone, MarketSaw added more names to the rumor. The website, which reported new trilogy in 3D back in 2009, claims to have a source who mentions Disney plans new films with tones “more in line with the original trilogy,” which would require a big name talent. The site claims that Steven Spielberg, Neil Blomkamp (District 9), Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men), Darren Aronofsky (The Fountain), Joss Whedon (The Avengers) and Vaughn.
All of the directors mentioned are more than capable of directing a good Star Wars film, but if Lucasfilm hopes to recapture the tone of the original trilogy, I can’t imagine anyone better than Cuarón and Vaughn.Filed under: Movies