Jon Favreau Would Have Said Yes To STAR WARS, Endorses J.J. Abrams

Jon Favreau tells MTV that he would've directed Star Wars: Episode VII but official discussions never took place. "I think they got the right guy," said Favreau on J.J. Abrams.

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By Mark Julian - 3/11/2014
Talking to MTV at SxSW, Iron Man director Jon Favreau says he would've been down to helm Star Wars: Episode VII had he been formally approached. He also stated that he didn't chase after the gig either. The farthest his Star Wars courtship progressed were inquires about his availability. Back in 2012, Favreau, J.J. Abrams and Matthew Vaughn were the three frontrunners for the gig and as we all know, Abrams scored the coveted gig.

"I didn't go after it," Favreau told MTV, "but it's one of those things that, as people would say they weren't going to do it, and as there were questions coming my way as to my availability... I was really scared of the idea that nobody was gonna [do it], and so if they had come to me, I don't know how you say no to that thing." You can watch the full discussion in the interview below.



After Iron Man 2 and Cowboy and Aliens, I'm not sure Favreau would have been the right man for the job. But Favreau's brand of humor and action sensibilities would have made for an interesting pick nonetheless. And besides, we need Favreau free and available to reprise his role as Happy Hogan in Iron Man 4, right? Hell, maybe Favreau returns to direct Robert Downey Jr.'s swan song?

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MrNiklander - 3/11/2014, 3:10 AM
He would have been a fine choice.Him and J.J Abrams are fans of Star Wars and they know how to do it.
MrNiklander - 3/11/2014, 3:11 AM
Maybe if Abrams won't do Episode 8 Favreau can handle it
admiralhowdy - 3/11/2014, 3:22 AM
"After Iron Man 2 and Cowboy and Aliens..."

I think you are confusing directing with writing. Was he responsible for the material he had to work with there? No.
Kurne - 3/11/2014, 3:32 AM
I think Favreau would've been smart enough to learn from rushing the second Iron Man film. Maybe he was scared to do it again.

[Frick]ing hell though, he barely moved forward with Magic Kingdom during the time Shane Black and Drew Pearce were writing IM3. Dumb excuse.
TheRealistStarLord - 3/11/2014, 3:33 AM
Favreau, the man who kicked start the MARVEL cinematic universe. He should direct more films. I might not like Iron Man 2 that much, but Iron Man 1was epic.
MrNiklander - 3/11/2014, 4:18 AM
Iron Man 2 wasn't screwed by Favreau it was royally screwed by Feige and RDJ because they wanted more of the same.Hell remember Rourke in some interviews he said this ''They didn't let Favreau evolve the movie''
DudeGuyMan - 3/11/2014, 4:18 AM
Cowboys & Aliens was pretty good and Star Wars is full of cowboys and aliens.
Marty - 3/11/2014, 4:27 AM
IM2 was still heaps better than IM3, which was beyond terrible!
Tajin88 - 3/11/2014, 4:28 AM
Ironman 1 shots, while Ironmann 2&3 sucks!
Luke91 - 3/11/2014, 4:48 AM
Thank you Kathleen for not considering this guy, would've probably been worse than the prequels.
BackwardGalaxy - 3/11/2014, 4:58 AM
He would have been fine. He's a solid director as long as he has the script.
kenjim152 - 3/11/2014, 4:58 AM
And who would have asked him???? Poor guy....
GodzillaKart - 3/11/2014, 5:41 AM
The problem with IM2 seems to have been in the editing...not the directing. Marvel wanted a film of a certain length that set up Avengers. To get that they cut out a lot of material that by all accounts was fantastic...like Rourke's character.
MightyZeus - 3/11/2014, 6:02 AM
Favs should have directed Iron Man 3. I really would have liked to see his take on the third Iron Man film and i think he would have given the audience something a bit more spectacular.

I would not have minded if he where to have signed on to direct Star Wars.
Jwe75 - 3/11/2014, 6:09 AM
"They got the right guy.... NOT"
Happy
GodzillaKart - 3/11/2014, 6:09 AM
I would love to see a director's cut of IM2.
Battabing - 3/11/2014, 6:22 AM
After IM 2 and Cowboys & Aliens, no thanks to Jon Favreau.
RetroFit - 3/11/2014, 6:57 AM
I would have done it too John, but they never asked me either. What a pointless pompous man.
Danbojohnj - 3/11/2014, 7:00 AM
Get him on for the Boba or Yoda movie that I keep hearing whispers about.
beane2099 - 3/11/2014, 7:05 AM
I've said this before on this site but ... Well I said it before. Iron Man 2's biggest crime was that it wasn't as good as Iron Man. When it was announced Iron Man was being made expectations were pretty low. People even questioned why it was even being made. The trailer turned some heads for sure but overall the expectations were either low or people didn't know what to expect. As it turned out the disparity between expectations and the movie's quality was quite high. In short, people were wowed.

Movie goers were expecting to be equally wowed by Iron Man 2 as they were by the first film. But the first film had raised everyone's expectations considerably. There was no way Iron Man 2 could achieve the same wow factor. Period. That factor amplified any problems the film had on its own. But if you pull back and really look at it, Iron Man 2 was a decent flick. It wasn't without issue but it was still pretty good. I would also like to see a Director's cut someday. Cause I think that would resolve some of the issues it had.
GodzillaKart - 3/11/2014, 7:28 AM
@RetroFit: Stop playing stupid. He was responding to a direct question from the interviewer and was actually full of praise about Abrams being the choice.
dethpillow - 3/11/2014, 7:32 AM
I love Favreau. I think he's a great director and if not Iron Man 4, I'd absolutely love to see him do another Marvel Studios film. His sensibilities really match what they're trying to do, and he's sharp and seems to totally get things.

@beane2099 - it seems to me like it was rushed and also that they were counting too much on things to fall into place, instead of writing them. I don't know anything about it so that's just speculation. But it feels like 2 and a half movies kinda half drafted and then tossed against the wall.

I think it was great up until after Monaco. the Monaco scene with Whiplash was so great, and I wish they'd have just stayed on that track. Hammer was good in it too, but maybe could've been cut and used for the third film. along with Rhodey fully becoming War Machine and issues with the US government. like all this stuff could've been introduced, but just not woven into the major narrative. but introduced as set up for a full on Armor Wars having Madame Masque, Ghost and Hammer in the third film. full on War Machine. save the whole blood sickness for that too, cuz that just seemed like a thing to substitute for Tony's alcoholism in a way as a driver to War Machine's necessity. just too many threads going on, and that points towards a lack of knowing what you want to do. maybe some parts, like the stuff about his dad and all that, i see how it ties into mortality and worrying about a replacement for the future and then u see how that ties into Armor Wars and Hammer. and you also see how the father/legacy stuff maybe ties into Vanko/Whiplash, so there's secondary connectors and all of it is traceable as to how it probably all ended up on the same plate, but that's just too much junk floating around. and it's pretty weird that they didn't realize that, i think.

and the concept of Black Widow infiltrating Stark Industries. great also, especially considering Whiplash. but carried out to such a half assed extent, that it was pretty much worthless. that was such a weak Black Widow. and i think Johansson was a bad choice, but i'm now starting to warm up to her seeing previews of Cap 2. but she was entirely not Black Widow in this movie and basically just wasted on it. She should've been shown actively messing with Stark by seducing him and putting him in a compromised position for leverage and power or at least shown her messing with Pepper more. Black Widow is rad, and she should come off in a way that makes people uncomfortable about her sexuality.


i agree it was a decent flick, wasn't awful. but they didn't really have any kind of thing that was a story in it. it was a cram session of ideas and I think that even a director's cut wouldn't fix that. i'd also love to see a director's cut tho.

i would really love to see Favreau do FF. there's a lot of Marvel stuff that he'd be great for, but I think he'd kill an FF movie entirely.
JediPhilosopher - 3/11/2014, 7:33 AM
At least they didn't choose Zack Snyder. :P
Or Michael Bay.
I'm still angry at JJ though for Cloverfield and abandoning LOST.
JediPhilosopher - 3/11/2014, 7:36 AM
I agree about Black Widow. She seemed too much like a safe-for-family version.
dethpillow - 3/11/2014, 7:39 AM
sometimes it seems to me, and this is completely pure speculation too, but there's a quality about it that seems like the people making up the story were doing a lot of coke.

it's got all this and that popping up, but nothing really tying into each other and also things that just seem delusional if you look at them. like the map of Tomorrowland and the brand new element that his dad hid in there.

that just reminds me totally of bad coke idea. i mean to think that this was gonna work somehow and be really great in your movie. and delusions about how all this was interconnecting and gonna be some big theme to be the spine of the movie, in general.

i know maybe that sounds rude and bad to speculate on cuz of Downey's history. but it just strikes me as being the spirit of the movie a little bit. haha. i don't know, it's just speculation, but in my head, whenever i think of this movie, i think of Downey and Favreau being on tons of cocaine, like half celebrating the success of Iron Man and then half responding to the pressure and time restrictions being imposed to fast track a sequel.

haha. that's just how it plays out in my head. tons of coke. and weird ideas and like not finishing any of the ideas to any satisfactory conclusion.
dethpillow - 3/11/2014, 7:44 AM
i always want to rewrite Iron Man 2 in my head, it's one of the movies that most bugs me and seems like it could've been so great.

Iron Man 2, Cap TFA and Iron Man 3, those are the ones that bug me most. they're almost like puzzles left to frustrate us and try to solve.

like little messed up Rubik's Cubes that the universe dropped into our laps just to drive us crazy. Cap's the easiest to solve, then Iron Man 3, and then Iron Man 2 is like the master puzzle. people should be writing doctorates on Iron Man 2 for their degrees in literature, i think.
JediPhilosopher - 3/11/2014, 7:45 AM
Dethpillow, you're right, the "hiding" of a new element in a theme park schematic is stupid. IronMan 2, though entertaining at times, really was just off the deep end.
JediPhilosopher - 3/11/2014, 7:49 AM
Jon Favreau did Cowboys and Aliens? Wow. No thanks then.
soberchimera - 3/11/2014, 7:57 AM
Hopefully he can do Iron Man 4. Its bullshit that he took the fall for Iron Man 2(which really wasn't that bad) when the screenwriter was someone RDJ suggested. I can tell you right now Favreau would have given us a proper Mandarin. Black basically turned Ben Kingsley into Leo Getz from Lethal Weapon 2.
dethpillow - 3/11/2014, 7:57 AM
@JediPhilosopher - i just checked cuz i always think for some reason that he did Iron Giant too. but no, that's always Brad Bird. but Elf was actually a really well put together film, just looking at it for what it is.

but I guess he has a movie coming out soon called Chef. with himself, RDJ and Scarlet Johansson. i didn't see Cowboys and Aliens or Zathura.
looks like he did an episode of the Office too.
TheSoulEater - 3/11/2014, 8:08 AM
Ironman 1 was the best out of the trilogy, I really REALLY wish he was spear header of Ironman 3...
ALmazing - 3/11/2014, 8:45 AM
I wish Brad Bird was directing the new Star Wars.
mgeoff88 - 3/11/2014, 9:09 AM
IM Trilogy from best to worst:

1. Iron Man
2. Iron Man 2
3. Iron Man 3
DrunkenNukem - 3/11/2014, 9:31 AM
Yeah...Cowboys & Aliens???

NO

Brad Bird, Neil Blomkamp, Ron Howard.. even James Cameron...too bad he is wasting his talent with Avatar

Ramiel - 3/11/2014, 10:53 AM
I'd like to see Fav return to do another MCU movie.
RetroFit - 3/11/2014, 10:57 AM
@Godzillafart, don't tell me what to do.

RetroFit - 3/11/2014, 11:02 AM
I can think of 6 directors I'd FAR rather see in the Star Wars Universe without even spending 5 seconds thinking about. Alfonso Cuaron, Duncan Jones, Matthew Vaughn, David Yates, the Russo Brothers and Alan Taylor. And that's just off the top of my head. Favs did great on 'Iron Man' but 'Iron Man 2' and 'Cowboys and Aliens' were pretty typical Hollywood dreck. I want someone who BRINGS something to the table, not just a director that churns out a studio project. Hell, I'd rather see the Wachowski's or Peter Jackson direct a Star Wars movie before Favs.
Seejay - 3/11/2014, 11:30 AM

I like this guy.

He is a good reason Marvel has a multi-billion dollar franchise rocking.



Joementum - 3/11/2014, 11:45 AM
I had my treatment ready to go.
My friends were willing to be PAs and caterers.
I cleared my schedule but no call came.

Jon Favreau and I both agree that JJ will prove a positive choice.

Next, I'm gonna wait on Feige to call about A3.

GodzillaKart - 3/11/2014, 11:52 AM
OK! My bad. Feel free to keep playing stupid. :)

And, my gif kicks your gifs ass!

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