It’s all happening so fast! Almost three weeks after Disney bought Lucasfilm (Which also came with the announcement of a new series of continuing Star Wars films and droves of fans speculating the hell out of who may write/direct this new series), an official announcement was made on StarWars.com this past Friday (11/9) that Toy Story 3/Little Miss Sunshine writer Michael Arndt will take the reigns on the screenplay.
I still have the bitter taste of poo in my mouth from those awful prequels, so it’s hard for me to get excited. Plus it’s all happening so damn fast! Seriously, the movie is in pre-production already and it’s slated for 2015.
The younger me could have named off every creature in the Mos Eisley Cantina, I read the expanded universe novels, and played all the PC flight sim games and mostly terrible console/arcade games. I collected toys and posters, wore t-shirts with misc. characters on them. I am still a Star Wars fan at heart, but I know better as an adult. Fool me once Lucasfilm!
And OK, Lucas sold off his precious franchise, and is retiring but will still take a “creative consultant” role on all upcoming Star Wars related properties. Which means he’ll still have some say in what goes down. How much of a say is yet to be seen, but I’m still weary.
Toy Story 3 was a fantastic film, and I enjoyed Little Miss Sunshine too, as far as writing cred goes, this guy is probably as good as anyone to move forward with these beloved characters. But as of now, there’s no director on board and that decision is one that could truly make or break the film, good script or no.
The rumor mill is going full force with potential directors with names like J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8) and Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), which sounds exciting for sure. Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) is currently rumored to be on the project, but nothing has been set in stone.
Steven Spielberg’s name was tossed into the mix as well, and when asked recently, if he’d be interested in taking the director’s chair on the latest Star Wars film, Spielberg told Access Hollywood “No! No! It’s not my genre. It’s my best friend George’s genre.” Which is strange considering Spielberg has tackled sci-fi and action many times before. Whatever Stevie, do what you want, just stop producing those awful Transformers movies eh?
(I just received word in my official blogger earpiece that Transformers 4 is actually happening and will star Mark Wahlburg and be executive produced by Spielberg. Cool…)
Logan’s Note: Not cool. Transformers was never cool.
Question: Who do you think should direct Star Wars Episode VII?