STAR WARS: Jon Favreau, J.J. Abrams & More Give Their Reaction To The Big News

STAR WARS: Jon Favreau, J.J. Abrams & More Give Their Reaction To The Big News

It has been quite a week for Star Wars and science fiction fans. Walt Disney bought LucasFilm and with that they are moving forward with Episode VII. So, what do Hollywood directors (who are also big fans) such as George Nolfi and Shawn Levy think of this news? Hit the jump to find out!

As fans are waiting to see who will helm the new Star Wars film, some filmmakers have decided to give their reaction to this subject. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, below we have reactions from directors such as J.J. Abrams (Star Trek), Jon Favreau (Iron Man), Shawn Levy (Real Steel), George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau), Robert Rodriguez (Sin City) and Kevin Smith (Dogma). More below.

Jon Favreau:

"The idea of another trilogy that further shrouds the Force in mystery as its secrets are lost to time – that’s extremely compelling. I want so bad for it to be good. Can you imagine?"

George Nolfi:

"Star Wars literally defined ‘the magic of movies’ to me as a child. No other film had more impact on my subconscious desire to become a filmmaker. I can’t imagine a larger event-film for our generation than a sequel to Return of the Jedi."

J.J. Abrams:

"Part of me? Thrilled. Part of me? Terrified. Most of me? Thrillified."

Shawn Levy:

"The Star Wars franchise is nothing short of a generational touchstone…I literally can’t think of any comparable cultural phenom that has so pervasively shaped and galvanized viewers to the extent that Star Wars has. It’s embedded in my — and our — cultural DNA in a unique way and these are enduring strands."

Kevin Smith:

"Lots of folks asking what I think about the recent announcement that Disney is now the proud owned of the STAR WARS universe. I'm all for it. Can't wait to see all the new movies they're gonna make. The 7 year old Kev who saw STAR WARS during its initial release in 1977 is finally gonna get all 9 STAR WARS movies he was promised back then. I'll be first in line to pay for whatever they do."

Robert Rodriguez:

"What an amazing world and legacy George Lucas has created — and it needs to continue in capable hands. I do think Disney is the best studio for the job and the fact that they brought in Kathleen Kennedy? I can’t imagine a better scenario. And 2015 can’t get here fast enough."

Walt Disney is planning to release Episode VII in 2015, followed by a new Star Wars film every two to three years. So, who would you like to see directing a new chapter?

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DaenerysTargaryen - 11/4/2012, 7:26 PM
Thrillified. I like that word :)
superpooper - 11/4/2012, 7:30 PM
I think favreau gets it. I think he's well aware of what screwed up the last three and I think he's got a good handle on how to redeem this series.
Mego - 11/4/2012, 7:31 PM
@FriendlyJoShFest No Force, No lightsabers? If thats what you want there are thousands of films out there for you.
But Star Wars just isnt your thing.
XavierLehnsherr - 11/4/2012, 7:33 PM
Matthew Vaughn.
DarthTesla - 11/4/2012, 7:33 PM
What Kevin Smith said.
Ceejay - 11/4/2012, 7:37 PM
This franchise is about to get whored out to anyone and everyone till there is less than any recognisable integrity left in it and the entire world is sick of seeing the same shit done over and over again. Parodies, comedies, musicals, you name it, they'll make it and spread it out against every medium like butter over thousands of slices of bread.

And then they'll reboot it and do the same shit all over again while generation after generations of sad fanboys argues over what's canon, what's the best, what should never be made and where it should have ended in utter vain!
Mego - 11/4/2012, 7:40 PM
Spielberg had no Directorial films lined up after Lincoln.
If Spielberg still wants to direct a Star Wars film then its his! After that who knows? But it would be a Kathleen Kennedy/Lucasfilm pick not Disney.
Kamdan - 11/4/2012, 7:40 PM
Abrams must be pissed, because he obviously used Star Trek to make his own Star Wars film.
Coachella - 11/4/2012, 7:46 PM
No Ceejay maybe your sick of Star Wars but you cant speak for everyone. Bring on Episode VII!!!

Mego - 11/4/2012, 7:46 PM
@FriendlyJoShFest It was very disappointing how little Jedi and Sith relied on the Force in the prequels and now Clone Wars.
Like the arena battle in Episode 2. All those Jedi together and no one can use the force against droids?
And then the Jedi were easily defeated by Clonetroopers which begs the question: What was so great about them? The Jedi Knights were more like Jedi Monks.
Barry - 11/4/2012, 7:46 PM
Could Joss Whedon deliver both Star Wars 7 and Avengers 2 in 2015? I think it's possible.

What his hypothetical schedule could look like:

January 2013 - S.H.I.E.L.D Pilot (filming)
April 2013 - Dr. Horrible 2 (filming)
June 2013 to November 2013 - Star Wars: Episode VII (filming)
April 2014 to September 2014 - The Avengers 2 (filming)
May 21, 2015 - Star War: Episode VII (release)
November 4, 2015 - The Avengers 2 (release)
JDUKE25 - 11/4/2012, 7:47 PM
For the first one, it should be either Spielberg or Jackson. Spielberg, Jackson and Scott should be the ones considered.
JDUKE25 - 11/4/2012, 7:48 PM
NO to Joss Whedon.
poop23 - 11/4/2012, 7:49 PM
Kind of knew Kevin Smith would approve. He had the whole disney/marvel situation all figured out while that was big news
CaptainObvious - 11/4/2012, 7:50 PM
@Ceejay- If you're so much better than us as you claim to be, why the hell are you still here?

Mulanzo - 11/4/2012, 7:53 PM
Jango is above Mace Windu....
Gamester76 - 11/4/2012, 7:53 PM
Let Kevin Smith take a crack at it! It would be like the ultimate fan film!
JDUKE25 - 11/4/2012, 8:06 PM
I want someone who will be completely focused on this project. Whedon is too busy. I don't want these movies half-assed.
jimpinto24 - 11/4/2012, 8:13 PM
The Star Wars franchise is in good hands with Disney. Disney has big plans for the Star Wars movies.
superotherside - 11/4/2012, 8:14 PM
Thrillified fantastic new word. Perfect description. At least they won't have a problem with getting some great directors for it, those above seem to love the idea.
Vapes - 11/4/2012, 8:15 PM
What Jon Favreau said.

The Jedi knowledge is lost, Luke has(had?) to start from scratch. Aaaand go.
rueda - 11/4/2012, 8:16 PM
affleck should direct
XxComablackxX1937 - 11/4/2012, 8:21 PM
Steven Spielberg lost his Mojo after ''Jurassic park: The Lost World''

He went out of his way to have M.C. write the first an ONLY sequel to the Novel an barely used any of it.. An it was a great book.

He has even refused to be interviewed about it, What a puss... An all his movies after have been average or complete crap. So as much as i love OLD Spielberg he'd be terrible for this.

The movie needs to be about the ''Old Republic'' with some of the most dangerous an powerful Sith/Jedi, or bring back Darth Sidious since he does indeed clone himself an Luke fall's to the Dark-Side.

An Doesn't Sidious try an take control of Liea an Han's baby? I forget...
Tony93 - 11/4/2012, 8:25 PM
you think they will make it so that being a jedi or having knowledge of the force is a threat and then they hunt down the jedi? along with the conflict I heard someone else say on here that they feel threatened with the son of Vader alive..
Luigi - 11/4/2012, 8:27 PM
@XavierLehnsherr: I've never thought of him but he could be perfect
OhGawDuhhh - 11/4/2012, 8:32 PM
No Sith or the Prophecy of the Chosen One is null and void.

I've always wanted a Steven Speilberg directed Star Wars. I am beyond thrilled!
IIIAdamantiumIII - 11/4/2012, 8:38 PM
gmckoy - 11/4/2012, 8:41 PM
steven all the way

2015 will be big for movies
Humby - 11/4/2012, 8:52 PM
Disney has a great opportunity here.

Episode VII needs to have Hamill, Fisher, and Ford for at least a few scenes. Whip them into shape (and maybe throw on some make-up or digital effects) and have them hand over the torch to a new generation. If any of them stay on for VIII and IX, it should be Hamill. I can easily see him taking on the mentor role in this trilogy.

I know it won't happen, but they should seriously consider completely redoing the prequel trilogy. New everything. Finish this sequel trilogy, make it as memorable and lovable as the originals. Then go back and do the same with the prequels.

thewonderer - 11/4/2012, 8:53 PM
Please Joss Whedon would do worse than Nolan
OnePunchBaldy - 11/4/2012, 8:53 PM
Thrillified is the perfect word for this. If anything, I agree with Tony93. I say they go back and make the Force a mystery. NO CLONES! Less lightsabers. If there are lightsaber duels, non of that [frick]ing choreography unless it's like Troy (best sword fighting choreography I've seen). But really, I really want this movie to be great. And we need a good villain! The prequels messed up with killing Darth Maul off so early. Darth Vader is a tough villain to match however.
DioFoRio - 11/4/2012, 8:55 PM
Lucas to direct a screenplay based on Lucas' ideas but passed through a shit load of peoples hands till it's fun good and compelling
DioFoRio - 11/4/2012, 8:56 PM
And once again Wonderbread not knowing why people can't stand his mousey ass is annoying up the comments section.
scrappybuttons - 11/4/2012, 9:03 PM
Leave it to smitty to have the longest resonse. After hearing all the nut gargling he did for tdkr, his opinion is as good as mud to me. And 'thrillified' sucks.
Joe6Pack74 - 11/4/2012, 9:13 PM
They ought to get Michael Bay to direct the next three. He was awesome with Armageddon and the Transformers.
95 - 11/4/2012, 9:39 PM
I have a strange feeling that news will break in December — "Gore Verbinski Tapped To Helm Star Wars VII!".
Barry - 11/4/2012, 9:48 PM
After the overperformance of The Avengers, if Joss didn't have its sequel on his plate, we all know he would be the frontrunner for the gig. I'm not convinced the scheduling is as much of a dealbreaker as most people think. If The Avengers 2 doesn't film until 2014 (because of the actors' commitments to their individual films), why wouldn't it be possible to carve out a six month window to shoot Star Wars 7 in 2013? Assuming he's one of the writers that has been collaborating with Lucas and Kennedy on the story since before the announcement, it's conceivable that a script could be completed in time to start filming next year. Give Star Wars its traditional May slot, push Ant-Man to August and release The Avengers 2 in November.
Jollem - 11/4/2012, 10:00 PM
Tony93 - 11/4/2012, 10:18 PM
95 - 11/4/2012, 10:19 PM
Joe Johnston has a close connection to LucasFilm and Marvel.
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