J.J. Abrams would make a great Star Wars movie, but I rather like him right where he is right now.
Abrams made a great Star Wars movie in 2009.
Agreed. Throughout Star Trek (2009),
I kept getting the feeling that Abrams really wished that he was doing a Star Wars
movie instead. I wouldn't be expecially broken up if he ditched Star Trek XIII
for Star Wars: Episode VII.
First of all, I feel really bad for Lucas...everyone clamouring for who the next director will be and often backhanding Lucas in the process. For all the love and interest the saga is getting right now, people sure are shitting on the guy who created it.
That's nothing new. People have been ragging on Lucas pretty mercilessly ever since The Phantom Menace
13 years ago. Personally, I think it's a bit unfair. While he never quite could get a handle on the dialogue for the films, I think his sense of the epic and his boundless visual imagination counted for a lot. Even when the results are less than exceptional, I think he has to be credited for being a man of singular vision and singular confidence in his own sense of narrative. I can't stand THX-1138
but I have the utmost respect for it as an experimental art film. And while the Star Wars
prequels were often stiff and convoluted, I find Lucas' sense of joy at playing around in his own sandbox absolutely contagious.
So, yeah, I think some people are being unfair. At the same time, the man just made $4 billion. So, I won't feel too sorry for him.
David Yates, because people keep saying it's supposed to be a family franchise, and Harry Potter pretty much is IMO the gold standard in family fantasy franchises.
Guillermo Del Toro, because the I love the Helloboy movies, and I would love to see the people who did their creatures try their hands at SW.
I dunno. The Half-Blood Prince
is my favorite of the Harry Potter
movies but I thought the other 3 that Yates did were in the bottom half of franchise quality. The Order of the Phoenix
just feels like it's treading water for the entire film. The Deathly Hallows, Parts 1 & 2
are absolutely inscrutable for people who haven't read the books.
As for Del Toro, I love Blade II. Hellboy
is decent. But he seemed to completely lose track of the plot in Hellboy II.
He seemed more preoccupied with cramming the movie full of every weird creature that he couldn't fit into Pan's Labyrinth
rather than telling a compelling story.
Brad Bird sounds good. Andrew Stanton would be good too. I bet Martin Campbell or Danny Boyle would do interesting jobs as well.
I love Brad Bird. He's my top choice without hesitation. I loved Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.
It has some of the most engaging, most dynamic, most inventive action scenes I've ever seen. I have no doubt that he could make the Star Wars
universe sing with the same level of rip-roaring fun that Lucas did!
I'm sure Andrew Stanton could handle the visual part. But the acting & casting in John Carter
were very dire. Maybe once Episode VII
gets the ball rolling, we can revisit the idea of Stanton directing Episode VIII.
Martin Campbell is a very mixed bag. On the one hand, Goldeneye
& Casino Royale
are amongst the top echelon of James Bond movies. The Mask of Zorro
was a lot of fun as well. But Green Lantern
was terrible and Campbell's direction seemed painfully bored the entire time. If he really wanted to do it, I'd give him a shot. But if it's something he needs to be talked into, well... I've got a bad feeling about this.
Temis the Friendly Ghost wrote:
Mal Reynolds was basically just Han Solo resurrected.
And if Chewbacca could talk, I suspect he'd sound a lot like a cross between Zoe & Jayne, with a little bit of Wash thrown in during his more cowardly moments.
My main concern with Joss Whedon directing anything is my constant fear that he'll randomly, cruelly kill people off for no good reason. (At least, in the Marvel movies, we're relatively safe from that. Everyone has to survive because they've all got their own solo movies to do later.)
And really, Star Wars
is big enough & good enough that it doesn't really need Whedon. I'd rather see him create more of his own projects.
I have no opinion on her, as I'm unfamiliar with most of her television directing work. The fact that she's only directed television, however, is an automatic disqualification based on scale alone.
I dunno. Everyone has to start somewhere. I don't think David Yates had done much beyond TV prior to Harry Potter.
Ridley Scott was mostly known as a commercial director prior to Alien,
as was David Fincher prior to Alien 3.
James Cameron got his start directing the crappy Jaws
rip-off Piranha II: The Spawning
for Roger Corman.
Also, the really really important question is, who does the score? John Williams is a great composer but the series is getting older. Age has made him less reliably great, I fear, as well. I'm thinking Brian Tyler, or Danny Elfman if he's explicitly instructed to avoid Burtonism. But maybe Dave Arnold?
Oh, definately David Arnold! My best friend is a huge Star Wars
fan. The first time I showed him Stargate,
he asked me, "Is that John Williams?"
Zombie Cheerleader wrote:
Those will be distributed by 20th Century Fox. Disney is probably banking on people wanting to see new Star Wars instead of yet another re-release of the old films.
Studion shifts bother me. A Star Wars film with out the 20th Century Fox fanfare is weird.
Maybe Disney will buy a license to use the Fox fanfare music... but I doubt it.
I was wondering if 20th Century Fox would still have some kind of distribution status for the films, kinda like how The Avengers
still started with the Paramount logo, not the Disney logo.