POLL: Who Should Direct STAR WARS: EPISODE VII?

Immediately after news dropped about Disney's acquisition of LucasFilm and confirmation of a new Star Wars sequel set to drop in 2015, twitter positively exploded with reactions. But with a sequel just over two years away, who should direct?

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By Mark Julian - 10/31/2012


Something seems a bit fishy about the announcement of a 2015 film release for a Star Wars sequel. Traditionally, (at least with the prequels) the Star Wars films required a lengthy amount of time in post production to nail down all the special effects. And with Disney and LucasFilm able to keep even an inkling of this mega-deal from slipping out, it almost makes you wonder if they're still keeping a few things underwraps. Like maybe, there's already a script/director/actor(s) attached to the project. And with such a historic movie franchise, its hard to believe that Disney will turn to any unproven talent as they look to re-spark one of the greatest movie franchises of all time. For now though, we're free to speculate. Below, I've listed a few options for the director's chair:

-Christopher Nolan: A long shot surely, but he's a fan of the franchise.
-Guillermo del Toro: I'm sure he'd love to design the creatures in the Star Wars universe.
-Edgar Wright: He'll likely be busy with Ant-Man but he's one director that could capture the humor from the original films.
-JJ Abrams: Abrams is a huge Star Wars fan but he's locked into the Star Trek films.
-Rian Johnson: A confessed fan of Cowboy Beebop, you definitely see a bit of that sci-fi aesthetic in Looper.
-Brad Bird: He's in the inner circle at Disney and proved himself with Ghost Protocol.
-Ridley Scott: Say what you will about Prometheus, no one does sci-fi like Scott.
-Kevin Smith: A darkhorse option surely but he would definitely bring fresh vision to a franchise that's become a bit stale.
-Peter Jackson - Another Warner Bros. collaborator, he's proven himself with one storied franchise already.
-Josh Trank: The new kid on the block, he may need to prove himself a bit more before being handed the keys to something like Star Wars.
-John Favreau: He launched the Marvel Universe with Iron Man, can he do something similar for Star Wars?
-Drew Goddard - With Joss Whedon busy guiding the Marvel Cinematic Universe and directing The Avengers 2 which will also be released in 2015, Goddard would be the next logical choice if you're looking to take a Whedonesque approach.
-Duncan Jones: As someone just pointed out to me on twitter, I criminally forgot to add Jones to the mix. Moon and Source Code are two very excellent sci-fi films. Most CBMers wanted Jones for Guardians of the Galaxy.




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EdgyOutsider - 10/31/2012, 7:13 AM
Guillermo del Toro would definitely be an interesting choice and I think is the best option visually. Rian Johnson is also a good choice and would be another one that would be best fit. If I had to chose, it would be one of them.
Jerec350 - 10/31/2012, 7:26 AM
del Toro or Jackson!
thalidomide - 10/31/2012, 7:27 AM
Joss Whedon!
Madmex93 - 10/31/2012, 7:28 AM
Joss Whedon! How the [Frick] can he be left out of this poll.
marvel72 - 10/31/2012, 7:29 AM
peter jackson would be my choice but he may be to busy with the hobbit to worry about star wars.

guilermo del toro would be another great choice from the visual side of things.

whatabout ruppert wyatt of rise of the planet of the apes fame.

did rian johnson do looper,that could be an intresting choice.

whomever takes it on will probably be shitting their pants that it doesn't turn out like the prequels.
StPete20 - 10/31/2012, 7:29 AM
No Duncan Jones?
Jolt17 - 10/31/2012, 7:29 AM
Tough one. I rarely thought of a director for a new Star Wars movie, because it's just hard for me to see these familiar names helming it, and...well, by then, a new Star Wars movie was not likely to happen. But again, I don't see these familiar names taking the project, although my vote goes for Rian Johnson.
Jolt17 - 10/31/2012, 7:31 AM
Oh yeah, Duncan Jones should be my other top pick.
thalidomide - 10/31/2012, 7:31 AM
Seriously, I visited a couple of websites and most people who heard about this news wants Joss Whedon to direct the next movie.
Coldblood6 - 10/31/2012, 7:34 AM
Anybody but nolan (!!!); really don't need him mundanising STAR WARS, making Wookies into a race of people with hirsituism, etc.
MarkJulian - 10/31/2012, 7:34 AM
How is Joss going to have Avengers 2 and Star Wars coming out in 2015? Neither project has started yet, it's impossible.
Dev7 - 10/31/2012, 7:36 AM
It's going to be Disney's own Brad Bird at the forefront of directors for the new Star Wars trilogy. But if I were going for experienced directors in the Sci Fi genre it would definitely be:

1. JJ Abrams
2. Del Toro
3. Peter Jackson
MrBlueSky - 10/31/2012, 7:36 AM
My vote goes to either Duncan Jones or Rian Johnson. Both are brilliant directors.

BTW, Rian Johnson would make a good director for a live action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop.
WesleyGibson - 10/31/2012, 7:37 AM
I'd say either Del Toro or Jackson.
LucasMend - 10/31/2012, 7:37 AM
Can't believe there are people who voted for NOLAN. Nolan is too realistic, you people who voted Nolan want star wars grounded on reality? For f*ck sake.
Abrams and Favreau are the best choices. Oh and keep ridley scott far away from any old franchise, look what he did with the franchise he started.
dahamma - 10/31/2012, 7:38 AM
Nolan? HAIIILL nahh. Just not for this job at all.

I would actually like to see whedon but he is busy with Avengers. So I would like to see peter jackson.

We need someone who isn't afraid to embrace the universe and is willing to take risk so that they do something new with it.
Egan - 10/31/2012, 7:39 AM
Kevin Smith? Really? He has made one good film and then put out shit on shit for his entire career.
BackwardGalaxy - 10/31/2012, 7:40 AM
Brad Bird.

Aaaaaaaaaaaand scene.
Mrcool210 - 10/31/2012, 7:43 AM
WTF is joss wheadon?
Fogs - 10/31/2012, 7:45 AM
John Favreau or Ridley Scott
LoudNoises - 10/31/2012, 7:47 AM
If it was even a possibilty I'd go with Speilberg.
GoILL - 10/31/2012, 7:49 AM
Uwe Boll or whoever direct the Street Fighter movie that Jean Claude Van-Dame starred in. ;)
Madmex93 - 10/31/2012, 7:52 AM
People are saying Joss for Avengers 2, but realistically given the chance, I have a hard time seeing him turning down star wars.

Though I doubt a "big name" director is needed to direct star wars, just look at Irvin Kershner. Can anyone name a film he's directed other than Empire.
myparentsaredead - 10/31/2012, 7:53 AM
How stupid do you have to be to believe that Nolan will make this realistic or bad? I mean, Jesus, you'd have to quite the absolute moron.

My picks are Nolan and Bird.
GoILL - 10/31/2012, 7:56 AM
@Madmex93

Robocop 2.
gmckoy - 10/31/2012, 7:56 AM
nolan is my first choice

2nd would be ridley scott
gmckoy - 10/31/2012, 7:57 AM
del toro and abrams comes up 3rd and 4th on the list, it should be a short list, jackson may be too busy with the hobbit
fartman844 - 10/31/2012, 8:00 AM
what about Neill Blomkamp? district 9 guy
Sabconth - 10/31/2012, 8:03 AM
Nolan, Bird and del Toro would all make quality films but I doubt they'd be willing to take on such a legacy.

Whedon would be fab, it's a shame he'll be obviously unavailable.

Rothwilder - 10/31/2012, 8:04 AM
This poll is as unoriginal as the movie choices in Hollywood.

Try someone new that is up and coming? I don't want everyones director of the week.

Bring some originality back to Star Wars. The safe choice in film is never the correct choice.

You guys want Nolan to direct everything, don't you?
EdgyOutsider - 10/31/2012, 8:06 AM
@HalloweenJack: Actually, Verbinski is a really good choice.
Vapes - 10/31/2012, 8:09 AM
BIOWARE.
Not sure who was the creative director on their cinematics for TFU2 and SW:TOR... but get that guy.
Christuffer - 10/31/2012, 8:11 AM
Screw Brad Bird. Guy does a Mission Impossible movie and now everybody thinks he's good.

Ridley Scott or Peter Jackson all the way baby, BRING IT
CapFan79 - 10/31/2012, 8:12 AM
No [frick]ing way on Nolan. He's not the right guy for SW. I say Favreau. Then Joss. It also depends on the story and writers. What the tone is. I think Favreau has the right touch.

The reason SW had limitations on directors before was Lucas' issues with the directors guild. Now all kinds of opportunities are open!
superbatspiderman - 10/31/2012, 8:15 AM
What about Neil Blompkamp the guy that did Disctrict nine. I can probably imagine him making all the different alien creatures and don't forget the action. Joss Whedon is another great choice especially with his great writing and he is already in Disney's bag because of Marvel.
silverpaladin - 10/31/2012, 8:16 AM
BEN Affleck. Good director fan of series. Get Lawarence Kasdan to do the Screenplay from ideas of Lucas. Then you have the match fro Raiders, Empire etc...

Also I woud like to see the time set were the cast members can play the characters with introductions of new characters. Han and Leia's twins for example of new characters. And of course you need a new villian to fill the shoes so lets have Loki. YEAH!!!!!
thanos83 - 10/31/2012, 8:21 AM
[frick] "all" these choices..their too mediocre for starwars..(jar jar abrams? duncan jones? bleh ridly scott?promethious and his last five films disqualify him immediately..new blood is needed for this,dig deeper gentalemen
sgtpreus - 10/31/2012, 8:26 AM
I'm all for Whedon, but knowing him, he'll probably kill off Chewie or something.
thanos83 - 10/31/2012, 8:29 AM
God i hope really hope nobody from disney is looking on theses web sites for "tips"on who to pick to direct this film...[frick]ing nolan..did any of you see dark knight rises'!? rian johnson..he has no scope as a filmmaker..not enough for this universe at least..fav's? cowboys and aliens?!?

they should look for fresh face's that love star wars but arent slaves to it,they should look overseas as well.
DrDoom - 10/31/2012, 8:30 AM
I'd say Ridley Scott. Sure, Prometheus was retarded, but give the man a solid script and he can make it.
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