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J.J. Abrams 25 26.60%
Jon Favreau 16 17.02%
Duncan Jones 21 22.34%
Rian Johnson 3 3.19%
Sam Mendes 6 6.38%
Edgar Wright 5 5.32%
Neill Blomkamp 13 13.83%
Matt Reeves 2 2.13%
Brad Bird 30 31.91%
Frank Darabont 7 7.45%
David Yates 5 5.32%
Matthew Vaughn 10 10.64%
Alfonso Cuarón Orozco 7 7.45%
Guillermo Del Toro 18 19.15%
Ridley Scott 13 13.83%
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Old November 4 2012, 12:35 AM   #121
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Re: Who should be the Director for Star Wars Episode 7?

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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.
Or so we thought.
Yeah, well, he had a target on his back because he was the only one without any real spin-off potential. The rest just kinda can't be stopped. (Although, I momentarily wondered about Iron Man simply because there's always the possibility that they could kill him off just because RDJ is tired of the role.)

But, honestly, Whedon might not be my first pick of the Marvel movie directors anyway. I sometimes suspect Jon Favreau would do a better job of getting the tone right. And I'd be very OK with Kenneth Branagh, probably. Thor was my favorite of all the Marvel movies (including The Avengers) and I thought Branagh brought more visual stylishness than any of the other directors. But I suspect Branagh would need a really strong script to be able to bring that same kind of quality. Thor had a very solid bedrock of emotional resonance. Without that, I suspect Branagh would have lost interest very quickly.

Whatever you do, keep Ridley Scott the hell away from it! I can't stand Prometheus or Blade Runner. Alien was OK but I attribute that mostly to the casting. (Yaphet Kotto is auto-win!) Kingdom of Heaven made no sense. Legend was shite. He completely derailed The Hot Zone & I Am Legend with his nonsensical art director brain. Honestly, the only movies of his I really liked were Gladiator & Robin Hood. Black Hawk Down was decent, I suppose. But overall, keep this madman away from it.
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Old November 4 2012, 12:39 AM   #122
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Re: Who should be the Director for Star Wars Episode 7?

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The Borgified Corpse wrote:
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.
Or so we thought.
Yeah, well, he had a target on his back because he was the only one without any real spin-off potential.
Or so we thought.
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Old November 4 2012, 10:34 AM   #123
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Re: Who should be the Director for Star Wars Episode 7?

I would like to amend my previous post.

Bird writes from a story by Lucas and Darabont, dialogue polish by Whedon, directed by Darabont. Bird as effects/animation director.

Bird directs second film. Whedon the third film when he has wrapped up with current commitment to the Marvel-verse and he can feel free to cut loose with the dramatic deaths of much-loved characters.
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Old November 4 2012, 07:26 PM   #124
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Re: Who should be the Director for Star Wars Episode 7?

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Sidebar: Mark Hamill is the same age now as Alec Guinness was when Ep. IV was filmed.
Wow. That is one of the most depressing things I've ever read.
Wow, indeed. Is that true? Time really does fly.
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Old November 4 2012, 08:06 PM   #125
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Sidebar: Mark Hamill is the same age now as Alec Guinness was when Ep. IV was filmed.
Wow. That is one of the most depressing things I've ever read.
Wow, indeed. Is that true? Time really does fly.
Guinness was 62 when ANH filmed in 1976 (born in 1914). Hamill is 61 now (born in 1951).
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Old November 4 2012, 09:34 PM   #126
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Was he referring to after Robopocalypse? Because that's his next project, and I think there might be a little bit of action in that.
Good point. But maybe he forgot about it?!

http://movies.yahoo.com/news/steven-...024614993.html
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Old November 4 2012, 10:07 PM   #127
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Whedon the third film when he has wrapped up with current commitment to the Marvel-verse and he can feel free to cut loose with the dramatic deaths of much-loved characters.
No. Even when it has some narrative justification, it still feels like he's mostly doing it just to screw with us. I mean, he can't even do a musical comedy without twisting the knife for his own sick amusement! (Although, I'll admit that most of the Buffy/Angel deaths were pretty well handled. But I'll never forgive him for Wash.)
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Old November 4 2012, 11:39 PM   #128
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Re: Who should be the Director for Star Wars Episode 7?

Other, namely George Lucas.

I know it's fashionable to bitch about him and his recent work, but here's my thing:

1. All the bitching doesn't change the fact that it started as his vision and he should have a chance to complete it on film.

2. As such, according to his description of his vision, the sumbitch owes us three more chapters and I want him to pay up.

3. His problem is scriptwriting, not story writing or directing, so I say let him finish the story, have someone else write the scripts and let GL get on with what he actually does fairly well.
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Old November 5 2012, 12:19 AM   #129
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Re: Who should be the Director for Star Wars Episode 7?

I suspect Lucas will have a some role in the editing of these new movies. He did not personally direct ESB or ROTJ but supervised the editing on both. Thats always been his favorite part of filmmaking.
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Old November 5 2012, 01:08 AM   #130
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Why isn't anyone (anywhere) mentioning Frank Marshall? Nepotism aside, I think he's a pretty decent director.
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Old November 5 2012, 06:09 AM   #131
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Re: Who should be the Director for Star Wars Episode 7?

As I mentioned in the main thread, one name for who might direct Episode VII is Gary Ross: he directed the nostalgic Pleasantville, worked with Kathleen Kennedy on Seabiscuit and most recently made The Hunger Games. Whether or not he's right for the job is another matter, but I'd say he's in the right place to get the job.

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Old November 5 2012, 08:33 AM   #132
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Other, namely George Lucas.

I know it's fashionable to bitch about him and his recent work, but here's my thing:

1. All the bitching doesn't change the fact that it started as his vision and he should have a chance to complete it on film.

2. As such, according his description of his vision, the sumbitch owes us three more chapters and I want him to pay up.

3. His problem is scriptwriting, not story writing or directing, so I say let him finish the story, have someone else write he scripts and let GL get on with what he actually does fairly well.
If Lucas wanted to direct the movie, and/or complete the vision himself, he wouldn't have sold the franchise and handed LucasFilm control over to that lady (whose name escapes me at the moment).
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Old November 5 2012, 09:13 AM   #133
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Re: Who should be the Director for Star Wars Episode 7?

What I'm looking for out of the director is someone who can match the tone of the original trilogy. I want this to be a return to glory for the franchise. I want it to be fun adventure, I want there to be warmth in the acting, I want it to switch effortlessly between genuinely funny dialogue and mythic seriousness. I don't want SW to change to fit the director. I just don't see those qualities in the movies, of, say Christopher Nolan even though I love his movies. Movies that jump out at me as the right kind of tone... Out of the names bandied about and the movies that give me the right feeling of tone, I like Matthew Vaughan (x-men first class), joss whedon (Serenity, a movie which actually kind of reminds me of OT SW, Avengers), Brad Bird (iron giant, incredibles). I also like Speilberg and Darabont as more general choices. The other option is to go with someone who could capture the exotic Cantina-esque feel of the alien part of SW, in which case my main choice is Del Toro.
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Old November 5 2012, 09:29 AM   #134
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What I'm looking for out of the director is someone who can match the tone of the original trilogy. I want this to be a return to glory for the franchise. I want it to be fun adventure, I want there to be warmth in the acting, I want it to switch effortlessly between genuinely funny dialogue and mythic seriousness. I don't want SW to change to fit the director.
Exactly. Tim Burton, Chris Nolan, David Fincher (and his bloody teal tint)--all these would be poor choices. You want someone like Irvin Kershner who has a sensitive, fun and intelligent style without intruding into the look of the film.

My concern with Spielberg is that his DP, Janusz Kaminski, would make it look too clinical.
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Old November 5 2012, 09:31 AM   #135
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Robert Zemeckis. He has all the skills and experience to do. He can do action and adventure with touches of humor. Plus he would know how to handle the effects without assistance.
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