STAR WARS EPISODE VII: Apparently Director Search Down To "A Couple Of Candidates"

STAR WARS EPISODE VII: Apparently Director Search Down To "A Couple Of Candidates"

Producer Frank Marshall - who's wife Kathleen Kennedy is president of Lucasfilm - has revealed to MTV that he knows who is in line to helm the highly anticipated follow up to Return Of The Jedi. Of course, he isn't spilling the details!..

We recently found out that Oscar winning Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt would be writing the new movies, but what fans really want to know is who will take over from George Lucas as the director on the Star Wars trilogy nobody ever thought we would see. So far pretty much every director with some sci-fi experience or geek cred has been rumored or asked whether they'd be interested in the gig, but we haven't had any real solid info as of yet. Well, we still don't have any names for you, but producer Frank Marshall says that Disney have at least settled on a (very short) shortlist. When asked if he knew would be behind the new movie he replied - "I do, but I can't reveal it, or I won't be alive tomorrow.", adding that although he has no idea when an official announcement will be made, he does know that they have "honed in on a couple of candidates". So, it shouldn't be too long before we hear a name or two to go along with this - hopefully.

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RedeyeJedi - 11/13/2012, 8:25 AM
DaenerysTargaryen - 11/13/2012, 8:26 AM
The anticipation is killing me! I hope it's somebody good :D
DrHorrible - 11/13/2012, 8:28 AM

It's between these two:

Man, we're [frick]ed. ;)
marvel72 - 11/13/2012, 8:32 AM
please be brad bird & peter jackson.
RedeyeJedi - 11/13/2012, 8:33 AM
@DrHorrible- Wow, I knew it was a joke and still I instantly got angry and butthurt.
JordanKing - 11/13/2012, 8:49 AM
Okay, officially jumping on the Brad Bird bandwagon. He hasn't directed one lousy film to date.
Jollem - 11/13/2012, 8:52 AM
they offered me the job, but i turned it down. i told them i was much too busy playing video games and wasting my potential

it's michael bay, btw
GUNSMITH - 11/13/2012, 8:57 AM
Joe6Pack74 - 11/13/2012, 8:57 AM
Just don't let it be Bryan Singer. All the characters will be in black leather.
NoAssemblyReqd - 11/13/2012, 8:57 AM
Gore Verbinski would be a solid pick. He hasn't had a lot of good scripts to work with, but he is a solid comedy and action director.

My guess is it's between GV and Brad Bird.
GLprime2814 - 11/13/2012, 8:58 AM
Think about it yeah it's cool to direct Star Wars but how scary must it be , knowing if you make garbage like the prequels are you will feel the wrath of literally a billion people Whoever is involved with this has a lot to be worried about.
DrHorrible - 11/13/2012, 8:59 AM
In all seriousness, this guy right here should direct it

RadicalDuck - 11/13/2012, 9:02 AM
@GUNSMITH - YESSS!!Great idea!
Azrael725 - 11/13/2012, 9:09 AM
I'm also going to go with everyone and say that it is probably down to Gore Verbinski and Brad Bird. They both have made a lot of money for Disney and they both have the credentials and ability to make a good quality Star Wars movie.
GUNSMITH - 11/13/2012, 9:10 AM









GUNSMITH - 11/13/2012, 9:11 AM
DemonicJoker666 - 11/13/2012, 9:26 AM
they better not frak up 'Wars, i dont feel like going on a homicidal rampage
jessepostal - 11/13/2012, 9:26 AM
Joe Johnston, he's got the heart the movie needs to make a comeback, and the look and feel of the original movies
Danbojohnj - 11/13/2012, 9:27 AM
Marqy - 11/13/2012, 9:27 AM
Tony Stark : " Im a futurist, the way my mind works ... I can intuit the future"
Kayo - 11/13/2012, 9:30 AM
Brad Bird
jimpinto24 - 11/13/2012, 9:32 AM
Lie I said before, I hope Disney hires Peter Jackson as the director of Star Wars Episode 7. There ae other choice like Brad Bird, J.J. Abrams, Ridley Scott, or Gary Ross.
RedeyeJedi - 11/13/2012, 9:34 AM
Brad Bird or Neil Blomkamp. I also thought Matthew Vaughn would have been a good pick.
l0rdleg0las - 11/13/2012, 9:35 AM
I would say Del Toro but he seemingly likes making slightly smaller scale movies where he has complete control and can make his own vision come to life. With Star Wars we are looking at a 200+ million dollar epic where execs at Disney, the remaining people from LucasFilm are all going to be involved.

Bird is the best possible option
Gulon180 - 11/13/2012, 9:39 AM
This would be the perfect vehicle for Peter Jackson, if there's one thing hes shown flawlessly it is that he can take someones else's body of work and translate it well enough to the big screen. Hes no visionary which works well cause this isn't his vision. As long as he sticks to the formula that work so well in the LOTR trilogy,{dont try to fix what aint broke} it would sale well and be fun to watch. But God help us if he pulled a King Kong....Wampas would be cuddly.
jaybear - 11/13/2012, 9:41 AM
I am giddy like a school girl with a crush... And gayer than a butterfly in spring for this!
Grievo - 11/13/2012, 9:52 AM
BlueHawaiiSurfer - 11/13/2012, 10:09 AM
I think we already know it won't be Jackson, although he would be a great choice.
Mego - 11/13/2012, 10:11 AM
hM. Night Shyamalan has reportedly been begging to do it since it was announced. I hope hes not hired but its looking more and more likely.
Its also been rumored that a Jedi character from the prequels shall reemerge from the Force in this next Trilogy.
That may sound crazy to some but in one of Lucas' drafts for A New Hope Obi Wan returned at the end. Its an unused idea from Lucas but it shows that it is considered possible by Lucas in Star Wars.

Joe Johnston(Captain America and Jurassic Park 3)is supposedly interested. He may be the 3rd best choice behind 2 guys they cant get:Spielberg and Peter Jackson.
Johnston worked on Empire Strikes Back and helped design Boba Fett.

Johnston is listed at Lucasfilms Wookieepedia
Mr2099 - 11/13/2012, 10:28 AM
Well my for BIRD!!!!

mrHJK - 11/13/2012, 10:42 AM
Brad Bird, Joe Johnson, Gore Verbinsky.
jj72 - 11/13/2012, 10:59 AM
@ darkmetal

I can see M Knight Shayamalan begging for this. He needs a box office hit bad. Throw the name "Star Wars" on a movie and you'll easily break $500 million without skipping a beat.
thewonderer - 11/13/2012, 11:02 AM
I swear name a good director here, SOMEONE will insult him.

NO DIRECTOR IS PERFECT, but Bird exemplifies the themes of fun, seriousness, and adventure in all his movies.

Those traits DEFINE Star Wars
IIIAdamantiumIII - 11/13/2012, 11:06 AM
Pau1y - 11/13/2012, 11:30 AM
I've got inside information that it should be Duncan Jones directing the new trilogy.
DaenerysTargaryen - 11/13/2012, 11:50 AM
I wonder what the fan reaction will be if/when Brad Bird/Peter Jackson is NOT chosen to direct Star Wars episode 7. I can imagine it being full of fanboy rage
SkullFace616 - 11/13/2012, 12:15 PM
If M Knight Shayamalanamanamanamanaman gets it, I will destroy a planet!!! That would be one of the worst things that could ever happen to Star Wars... and my childhood will have been raped.
MustacheandBlood - 11/13/2012, 12:30 PM
LUC BESSON!!! just think the Professional meets fifth element but with StarWars!
Funsize - 11/13/2012, 12:36 PM
I have never seen so many directors turn down a movie like this. I guess it's a big responisiblity though and if a director were to screw up on this movie, then they're stuck with that reputation forever. When they do pick a director, I wish them luck.
HachibiTheMC - 11/13/2012, 12:37 PM
Luc Besson isn't a bad choice. Neither is Jackson. Actually, I kind of prefer him to someone like Nolan or Singer who is going to invariably put his/her "stamp" on the movie.

As someone said, Del Toro would be phenominal for his imagery, but he's a bit too small scale for SW. which isn't a bad thing, mind you. Just not really made for Star Wars.

If I had a vote (which I don't) I'd go with JJ Abrams or perhaps Jackson. But Abrams is my first pick. He handled Star Trek in a way that was masterful. New tech and EFX but some ode's to the old Shatner series.

Hell he even made time travel seem less campy!!

If Shyamalanadoowhadjucallme gets it I will be raising the 5th Level of hell to about 200 ft about sea-level
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