Jon Favreau Reportedly Pursuing STAR WARS: EPISODE VII; David Fincher In The Mix?

Iron Man director Jon Favreau is reportedly "panting after" the coveted job of helming Star Wars: Episode VII, which is targeting a 2015 release. Additionally, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo's David Fincher may be game for an installment in the new trilogy.

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By Paul Romano - 11/30/2012


Ever since Disney have announced that they will release a new Star Wars trilogy last month, rumors have been overflowing the internet. Perhaps the most popular one is the director for Episode VII, which is currently being targeted for a 2015 theatrical release. The biggest rumor going around right now is that X-Men: First Class helmer Matthew Vaughn is set to direct the film, but has yet to be officially confirmed or denied. Another heavily speculated candidate is Iron Man's Jon Favreau, who recently expressed his excitement for the new trilogy. According to Deadline, Favreau is "panting after" the highly coveted gig. The choice makes sense, as the director is a big Star Wars fan and helped launch one of Disney's biggest franchises in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Personally, Favreau would be my top choice for the job if Vaughn doesn't get it.

Additionally, Deadline say that David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) "might be game" to direct one of these new Star Wars films. This choice also makes sense, due to the director's prior relationship with LucasFilm. Fincher is also attached to helm Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, which the studio are currently deciding whether or not to greenlight.

Interestingly, Disney studio chairman Alan Horn recently spoke with Vulture about the secrecy of the studio's LucasFilm purchase, and he also discusses when we can expect the director of Star Wars: Episode VII to be announced. "I would say you'll know soon. And it's got to come from Kathy Kennedy — we don't have the company yet!" He also refused to comment on the Matthew Vaughn rumors.

In the meantime, Episode VII is currently being written by Michael Ardnt (Toy Story 3). Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days Of Future Past) recently signed on to pen the screenplays for two more Star Wars films, which are said to be spin-offs and not a part of the main series.









Source: Deadline
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ISleepNow - 11/30/2012, 10:58 AM
Fincher should let Favs direct episode 7. He's gonna be too busy directing 'The Goon' anyway
DaenerysTargaryen - 11/30/2012, 11:04 AM
Ugh this Star Wars director craze is driving me crazy!
luffycapri - 11/30/2012, 11:17 AM
Both are good directors.
Nick56 - 11/30/2012, 11:19 AM
No to Favreau, maybe to Fincher
Preston - 11/30/2012, 11:25 AM
Honestly, I would prefer that Kathleen Kennedy make this happen:
Buds

“I don’t dream at night, I dream at day, I dream all day; I’m dreaming for a living.”

— Steven Spielberg
Zell9 - 11/30/2012, 11:27 AM
kevin smith just for the hell of it.
Lionheart1 - 11/30/2012, 11:30 AM
I say thee NAY!!
LordoftheThrones26 - 11/30/2012, 11:31 AM
I think Jon Favreau can do a much better job than Matthew Vaughn could! Iron Man 1 was awesome and let's be honest Iron Man 2''s problems were the screenwriter fault not his! Cowboys and Aliens was very enjoyable! I hope Jon gets in and not Vaughn!
DaenerysTargaryen - 11/30/2012, 11:35 AM
Lets all place bets on who we think will get chosen. My bet is on either Vaughn or Favreau
NerdyGeek - 11/30/2012, 11:35 AM
I will shit so many [frick]ing bricks if David Fincher is chosen.
PaulRom - 11/30/2012, 11:39 AM
It would've been awesome if Spielberg directed a Star Wars film in the 80s, when he wanted to do it.
Jollem - 11/30/2012, 11:40 AM
either one would be not too shabby

my vote's for rian johnson or neill blomkamp or duncan jones
PaulRom - 11/30/2012, 11:40 AM
I'm with Claire. I think Vaughn or Favreau will be chosen. Or some unknown.
billytwohats - 11/30/2012, 11:41 AM
I won't watch another Affleck film because Argo was so historically accurate is bordered on racism. Michael Bay has a lot of haters for good reason but from a technical point of view he is one of the most gifted film makers around. Let Favreau do episode 7 fincher 8 and Darren Aronofsky do 9
billytwohats - 11/30/2012, 11:42 AM
Sorry meant to say inaccurate above I'm on the sauce and ranting slightly
harley2011 - 11/30/2012, 11:45 AM
David Fincher, please yes. John Favreau, hell no.
bonesmcgee - 11/30/2012, 11:46 AM
"Now I want you to force push as hard as you can" - Tyler Durden
Danbojohnj - 11/30/2012, 11:46 AM
Spielberg


Fincher


Vaughn
TheDudeRises - 11/30/2012, 11:50 AM
Yes!!!!! Give Fincher episode 8!!! Let this be the Empire of the new trilogy, the darker film out of the 3. He would crush that sh!t. Let Kasdan write it too. I can't think of a film more perfect. Make it happen!!

And while Vaughn would do a terrific job, I think Favs has this one locked up. He s got a solid relationship with Disney/Marvel from Iron Man and that Magic Kingdom flick he s been working on for a long time. I d be surprised if he didn't get it. He 'll do a fine job with Arndt's script.
BackwardGalaxy - 11/30/2012, 11:50 AM
Check it out. A director who actually WANTS to direct Star Wars. Favreau, you magnificent bastard. Stop being as likeable as Winnie the Pooh.
HeadPool420 - 11/30/2012, 11:54 AM
Favreau did get a good performance from Harrison Forn in Cowboys and Aliens. And getting a good performance from Ford theses days is not an easy job.
bhorwith22 - 11/30/2012, 11:56 AM
Favreau is kind of hit and miss, but I think he might be a good choice. Fincher would be good too.
LordoftheThrones26 - 11/30/2012, 12:00 PM
Darren Aronofsky would be cool but he'd have to direct episode 8 or 9 I doubt he'll have time for 7. Although IMHO Disney and Lucasfilm should sign a diretor with a 3 movie deal. He should do all 3 movies and not just 1 or 2. I hate it when they switch directors and a movie might suffer from that. Andrew Stanton would also be a very good choice John Carter was VERY underrated and was a very good film!Boba Fett's Daddy Joe Johnston could do it he worked on the original trilogy! Heck I'd give Ron Howard a shot! The problem with Vaughn is that even though I LOVED X-Men: First Class I felt it was more of a mature film and lacked ''heart''. He's good at doing more adult orientated films which is ok but not for Star Wars I'm betting on Favreau or maybe another director heck even Neil Blomkamp if he keeps the blood to a minimum!
DioFoRio - 11/30/2012, 12:00 PM
How [frick]ing awesome are the years ahead for our types of movies? Nucking Futs I tell ya!!!
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 11/30/2012, 12:01 PM
You guys don't want Nolan but you want David Fincher? Dafuq.
That's switching out coke for diet coke, smh.
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 11/30/2012, 12:02 PM
James Cameron would own this bitch, if he wasn't tied up with Avatar.
Christuffer - 11/30/2012, 12:05 PM
Spin-offs? Did I read that correctly?


NOOOOOO
DioFoRio - 11/30/2012, 12:19 PM
Tothemaninthecoldsweat...Fincher is Dom perignon to Nolans Coke...and I like Nolan
DioFoRio - 11/30/2012, 12:20 PM
LoL@Brazzilian...being funny, right?
Brady1138 - 11/30/2012, 12:22 PM
I think Fincher would be better suited for one of the spinoffs.
DioFoRio - 11/30/2012, 12:22 PM
Seriously. At this point just say something so we can either rejoice or lament.
preacher - 11/30/2012, 12:25 PM
@Ironpatriot-how do you figure? How is it that the director is "just as responsible" as anyone else as far as the quality goes? I completely disagree with that. I'll pick another director from this article to help prove my point, David Fincher:

Alien 3. Due to way too much studio involvement, Fincher reportedly walked away from the film towards the end. Alien 3, admittedly, is a good film as far as being an 'interesting' chapter to the Alien franchise. But, DUE to the studio's heavy handed involvement, the film did very poorly at the box-office. Because Aliens was such a HUGE hit, the studio couldn't let well enough alone and just let Fincher make his movie. If they had, and it was failure, THEN, it's his baby.

Fav had the same issues with Iron Man 2. Due to the huge success of Iron Man, execs had to "butt in" and run the show so much that Fav refused to have anything more to do with the Iron Man franchise as far as directing goes. Again, not a 'bad' film by any means, but when compared to the first, most were severely disappointed.

Back to the article. Jon Fav is definitely MY pick for this! As with Empire, I think Fincher would be excellent for Episode VIII, maybe bring a darker tone to it. But for this initial outing, Fav has the capability to bring the right amount of humor, drama and action without stuffing it with so much filler and political drama (which, in my opinion, along with horrid acting and way too much cgi, was the prequels' downfall).
Shamo - 11/30/2012, 12:26 PM
not a fan of Star Wars but if Fincher does it i might be.
Sanderman - 11/30/2012, 12:34 PM
I thought Favreau left Iron Man so he could direct Fantasia or something like that? Did it just not happen or did he already do it or somethin
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 11/30/2012, 12:34 PM
@dion




I don't man, that coke looks like kinda sexy right now ;)
gastitdk - 11/30/2012, 12:58 PM
Jon Favreau should stay the [frick] away from Star Wars and go back to do films like Elf or Zathura.
gastitdk - 11/30/2012, 12:59 PM
As far as Sci-fi previous movies for Favreau, Cowboys and Aliens was an uninteresting, boring piece of shit.
LordoftheThrones26 - 11/30/2012, 1:02 PM
@IronPatriot88
First off I didn't write that comment but I support it 100%!!!!!!!! Alien was good cause not only did it have a good story but it also had a great director with little intervencion from studio execs who didn't intervene in the script as much. Now the director does have some responsibility but in the end it's up to the screenwritter to make a good story. Jon could've made a great Iron Man 2 but the execs made him stick to the script and rush the film. I think they ruined the oppertunity with Whiplash and I would've gone with Crimson Dynamo IMHO. Ridley Scott is one of my favorite director's of all time and that shows with Alien the story was great and Ridley knew how to direct the sets,scenes and most importantly the actors. Ridley was responsible with Alien being good but with the actors, cameras etc etc he ALSO helped out with the script thus making such a perfect fil with a great director and Screenwritters!
Danbojohnj - 11/30/2012, 1:05 PM
John Favs avatar on Twitters is R2-D2 in IronMan colours!

Or was

word
Gr33n4rrow - 11/30/2012, 1:14 PM
No to Favreau, would turn it to cheese on toast. i can see a mountain of 1 liners and myself grinding my teeth to down during the film. I think it will be one of the hardest jobs in film history. As making it great for the fans and staying on target with the original feel to the 1st set of film. I think as it stands Ben could be a good choice. But i would like to see one guy get all 3 movies if they can make the right choice. I believe if they had 3 movies and 3 directors, it could get a very sloppy very quickly
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