Colin Trevorrow is American. Considering Lynch was up for Jedi
, an American director of an acclaimed and unusual indie film sounds suspiciously plausible.
And yeah Timur is really more of an action film director and Pitof is just some effects guy. Of the three Jeunet is the only one with actual auteur cred (by virtue of the brilliant Delicatessen
, City of the Lost Children
And Alien: Resurrection
was in fairness more Whedon's fault (a truly dire script with some idiotic ideas and wretched dialogue) than Jeunet's.
Also: The Welsh Richard Marquand directed Return of the Jedi
, so Star Wars has been down the european director route before.
Does make me think which European directors would work for Star Wars. I suppose one could make a case for Luc Besson (mostly due to The Fifth Element
), though I'm not his biggest fan.