Who should be the Director for Star Wars Episode 7?

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by ElimParra, Oct 31, 2012.


The Choices (Select up to 4 only)

Poll closed Dec 30, 2012.
  1. J.J. Abrams

  2. Jon Favreau

  3. Duncan Jones

  4. Rian Johnson

  5. Sam Mendes

  6. Edgar Wright

  7. Neill Blomkamp

  8. Matt Reeves

  9. Brad Bird

  10. Frank Darabont

  11. David Yates

  12. Matthew Vaughn

  13. Alfonso CuarĂ³n Orozco

  14. Guillermo Del Toro

  15. Ridley Scott

  16. Other (say whom)

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Locutus of Bored

    Locutus of Bored KNEEL BEFORE RODD! Moderator

    Jul 5, 2004
    Incinerating You With Gene's Vision
    Brad Bird. With The Iron Giant, he showed that he understands the 50's scifi and serials that inspired Star Wars in the first place. With The Incredibles and Ratatouille he showed that he can work effectively with the CGI characters and other elements that are so common in Star Wars films, and can make a great family-friendly yet exciting action film with the former. With Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, he showed that he can competently make a compelling and exciting live-action film with some great high tension drama and action sequences. He's also an excellent screenwriter, so he can oversee the final script and make sure everything works well. He hasn't done a lot of films, but what he has done have been very good.
  2. JD

    JD Admiral Admiral

    Jul 22, 2004
    Arizona, USA
    Oops my bad, I always get them confused. But he's still done some good stuff, so I wouldn't be totally against it.
    As for Stanton, I stand by that vote, even though I got the names confused. I don't care how badly John Carter did at the box office, I still really enjoyed it. I remember several people calling it a better Star Wars movie than the prequels after it came out.
  3. Matthew Vaughan is a good choice, I think. He can do style but also adhere to a tone. I look at the difference between X-Men First Class and Kick-Ass as good evidence of genre versatility. In fact I love the serious tone of FC.
  4. The Squire of Gothos

    The Squire of Gothos Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jun 24, 2001
    Northern Ireland
    Jones then to tame the CGI excesses of the prequel trilogy?
  5. Starkers

    Starkers Admiral Admiral

    Apr 22, 2001
    Behind Enemy Lines
    Nice :techman:
  6. Garak

    Garak Salty Dog Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Other: Joe Kosinski.

    Out of the list though I'd go with Matthew Vaughn.
  7. ElimParra

    ElimParra Proto-Admiral Premium Member

    Jan 18, 2002
    Melbourne, Australia
    I went with what had been suggested on those sites I mentioned. I thought about Joss Whedon and Christopher Nolan afterwards, even if was unlikely due to Avengers 2 and something I saw about Christopher Nolan in the first article.
  8. Mach5

    Mach5 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Oct 23, 2008
    Except perhaps Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott, Steven Spielberg or Jim Cameron. Or Zack Snyder. Or Zhang Yimou.

    On topic, I say give one of these movies to Frank Marshall. The other two should go to JJ and Joss.
  9. Flying Spaghetti Monster

    Flying Spaghetti Monster Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jul 18, 2006
    Flying Spaghetti Western
    Anyone but Joss Whedon.

    Star Wars can be witty and funny, but only within the parameters of its own universe and only as much as the characters allow.

    Whedon would make every character so damn witty. Not to mention a list of other problems with his style that conflict with Star Wars.
  10. Locutus of Bored

    Locutus of Bored KNEEL BEFORE RODD! Moderator

    Jul 5, 2004
    Incinerating You With Gene's Vision
    Yes, it would be horribly conflicting if Star Wars was stuck with a director of a critically acclaimed $1.5 billion dollar grossing ensemble scifi adventure film who is a lifelong fan of the franchise and has previous experience making a show that was basically Tales of the Millennium Falcon.

    The characters in Star Wars were cracking wise to each other all the time. There's nothing conflicting in tone between Whedon's dialogue and the OT, and he's perfectly capable of writing serious dialogue when it's called for.
  11. Gojira

    Gojira Commodore Commodore

    Oct 15, 2008
    Stompin' on Tokyo
    I would love to see Spielberg direct a Star Wars movie.
  12. jadcox@mindspring.com

    jadcox@mindspring.com Commodore Commodore

    Aug 17, 2001
    Atlanta, GA 30307
    Brad Bird would have been my vote, but I am still hoping he'll do Justice League. Sooooooperman!
  13. tighr

    tighr Commodore Commodore

    Sep 5, 2011
    Whoever the director is, I think it needs to be one that is focused on the characters. What was lacking in the prequel trilogy was development of the characters and their reasons for their actions. Rather than Palpatine just being a bad guy, why weren't we shown why he was bad? Rather than Anakin just saying "Hey, I want power, I'm gonna go all dark and stuff", we should have compelling reasons for his turn (and more than "hey I had a bad dream about Padme. Teach me evil stuff"). I know that Star Wars boils down to an epic about good vs evil, but dynamic characters would make the film a classic.

    So due to that, I would steer away from directors who are simply going to make an eye-candy movie.
  14. kirk55555

    kirk55555 Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jul 22, 2011
    Washington State, USA
    I'd say Whedon. The other people on the list (that I know of ) don't seem like good fits, especially Abrams. He's already destroyed my favorite sci Fi franchise. If they let him near SW, I'll probably go insane.
  15. Ryan8bit

    Ryan8bit Commodore Commodore

    Oct 22, 2004
    St. Paul, MN
    M. Night Shyamalan. And you thought Darth Vader being Luke's father was a twist!
  16. Holdfast

    Holdfast Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Feb 19, 2000
    17 Cherry Tree Lane
    Put me in the Spielberg camp.

    Ridley Scott second choice.
  17. Mach5

    Mach5 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Oct 23, 2008
    The senil old fart who said dialogue scenes look much better in 3D, then made Prometanus?

    No thanks.
  18. Mooch

    Mooch Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Jun 6, 2001
    Brad Bird sounds good. Andrew Stanton would be good too. I bet Martin Campbell or Danny Boyle would do interesting jobs as well.
  19. Candlelight

    Candlelight Admiral Admiral

    Apr 12, 2000
    New Zealand
    Michael Bay.

    Seriously, the battle sequences would be amazing. Though there would be the sudden arrival of the US military to help out the rebellion.

    Spielberg was due to direct Return of the Jedi but got shafted by the unions. Pity.
  20. Mach5

    Mach5 Vice Admiral Admiral

    Oct 23, 2008