My Top Five Director Choices for Star Wars VII

This took some thought... I'm guessing most people on this site have one movie they're looking forward to more than any other movie.

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By daredevilfan - 1/21/2013
I'm also guessing that for many people that movie was The Avengers, TDKR or The Hobbit. The anticipation for TDKR towered much higher than any other movie had for me, and after that came out none of the already announced could possibly spark the excitment that did for me. Don't get me wrong I am very excited for Into Darkness, Man of Steel, Marvel movies, but they just couln't match what I felt for TDKR. Then on October 30th Disney had bought Lucasfilm, this was my new movie. My mind started racing when I heard it, but one thought remained above all. Who would Direct it? Now, with months to ponder this question I beleive I have a solid list. I will not be putting anybody who is ruled out or completely rediulous.

5. Joe Johnston

This is the safe choice of the list. He has dealed with big franchises, and worked on the original trilogy. I think the mix of action and comedy is pretty much what Stars Wars would need. One big drawback of Joe would be that he has defenetly made some movies, for example: Jurassic Park 3, Hidalgo, The Wolfman. Another thing I want for Star Wars is a realtively young director to bring Star Wars in to this generation, and with him being 62 would not provide that.

4. Gary Ross

This is one I'm surprised hasn't been speculated more. I mean this guy just directed a huge book to film adaption in The Hunger Games, and did a good job with it. One thing that sticks out about this guy is that not only has he directed a big blockbuster, but he has also directed a Best Picture nominee in Seabiscuit. I would say the biggest downside of him would be that he has never worked with sci-fi, which could really screw things up. He has already agreed to direct Peter and the Starcatchers for Disney, but I'd have to imagine he could be somewhat easily switched to Star Wars.

3. Matther Vaughn

The most speculated on this list. I mean this guy seems like a perfect fit. He hasn't really made a bad movie, and revived a franchise in X-Men FC. He hasn't really done sci-fi, but has worked with similar big budget visuals in X-Men and Stardust. I also think he is still working toward making his magnus opus, and Star Wars could just that. The one big worry I would have with him is that he hasn't had the best track record with continuity, and if he screws it up with Star Wars I will have a problem.

2. Tom Hooper

The weird choice of the list. This guy has not done anything remotely close to Star Wars, so why would I pick him. This guy handled a blockbuster in Les Miserables as while as subtle drama/comedy in The King's Speech and was nominated for tons of Acadamy Awards for each. I beleive he could provide set a perfect tone for the movie. He is also famous for doing research on his projects, which would be needed. The obvious downside is that he has not done anything remotely close to Star Wars. It's hard to exactly describe why I would like this to happen, but I think if you read up on him you might agree.

1. Alfonso Cuaron

This guy is the perfect choice of the list. Really, is there any reason to beleive Alfonso would not do a great job? This guy is perfect for the job. First of all he directed arguably the best Harry Potter film and did a great job with the visuals. Second of all, he has experence in Sci-Fi with making Children of Men which was universally loved. Alfonso is just a rare filmmaker who can make needed changes to Star Wars without getting rid of what makes it Star Wars. I think he would be able to appeal to the fanboys as while as gaining more respect for sci-fi from critics.

I hope you liked my list.
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TheatricalFlavored - 1/21/2013, 2:59 PM
Seriously, anyone with a modicum of talent will do better than the prequels.
AC1 - 1/21/2013, 3:26 PM
I've liked the idea of Joe Johnston directing Episode 7 for a while, partly because of his ties to the original trilogy, and partly due to Captain America: The First Avenger, which I think is a pretty under-appreciated movie that is actually kind of clever, in that it uses modern technology and effects but is stylized and written like a movie that would've been made during WWII (apart from the Sci-Fi stuff at the end).
AC1 - 1/21/2013, 3:29 PM
@LEVI really? Empire is by far the best Star Wars, which I don't think anyone can argue with, but A New Hope is right behind it; not only did it start the trilogy, but it's also the second best movie in the franchise story wise. An arguement can be made that Episodes 6 and 3 are on a par but even then most people prefer 6 simply because it's part of the better trilogy and features better acting (although a case can be made for 3 having the better story). And of course, Episode 1 is utter shite and 2 is microscopically better (meaning still shit).
Tainted87 - 1/21/2013, 3:39 PM
Have we even agreed in any large capacity what we WANT to see in the new movies? Hard to pick a director when there's no real vision to bring to life...
EdgyOutsider - 1/21/2013, 3:41 PM
Alfonso Cuaron should never touch anything. He would make the weakest Star Wars like he made the weakest Harry Potter movie. Seriously, he left out details the time turner that made the whole movie so damn confusing. I've never seen any of his other movies but I read the synopsis for Children of Men and it sounds like crap.

Also, Gary Ross should not be on this list. Lionsgate should have stuck with David Slade cause David Slade would have made the perfect Hunger Games movie.
Tainted87 - 1/21/2013, 3:50 PM
Oh Lizard1, I wish you were being facetious. You can't condemn Children of Men without watching it.
zachman2013 - 1/21/2013, 4:00 PM
@yossarian
The prequels were not even that bad, Revenge of the Sith is one of the best movies of the series. Ep. 2 had some great moments. Ep. 1 had a spectacular saber duel at the end.
Tainted87 - 1/21/2013, 4:08 PM
Episode 1 has two minutes worth watching if you splice the clips together.

Episode 2 might have been better had Anakin not been so damn flat, boring, stupid, and wooden. Some might make sense on paper, but yeah, the actual execution sucked miserably. Only redeemable parts of AOTC were Christopher Lee and some hammy bits from Ewan McGregor.

Episode 3 could have been a masterpiece had the dialogue been completely re-written, and if the effects were more practical. Very poor editing, and not just the Jedi Masters vs Palpatine - but any scene where an actor is alone interacting with a green screen.
EdgyOutsider - 1/21/2013, 4:24 PM
@Tainted87: Prisoner of Azkaban wasn't completely bad. I just didn't like what Alfonso Cauron tried doing. Also, Children of Men just doesn't sound good. I usually watch the synopsis then the trailer. If it doesn't get my attention after the trailer, I won't bother with it. I just actually watched the trailer for Children of Men and it just doesn't look like it's worth the praise and just doesn't look all that interesting. I'm being pretty open minded about it too like I am with pretty much any movie. It has an interesting premise but the trailer fails to sell the idea and just fails to sell to me that this is worth the view.
zachman2013 - 1/21/2013, 6:16 PM
The only thing wrong from my view with episode 3 is that they didnt show enough of Anakin and Clones vs Jedi in the movie.
iuhgluiblbjjkhkjhkljh - 1/21/2013, 10:35 PM
I think I'm the only person who actually liked episode II.
DukeAcureds - 1/22/2013, 8:23 AM
I really don't understand the praise for Tom Hooper or why his films are nominated for so many Oscars. Besides the fact that he's "famous for doing research on his projects", like other directors aren't?
Tainted87 - 1/22/2013, 3:24 PM
Les Mis was a masterpiece, simply put. If you saw it, you'd know.

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