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 Cuarón Orozco

  14. Guillermo Del Toro

  15. Ridley Scott

  16. Other (say whom)

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Captaindemotion

    Captaindemotion Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 26, 2001

    You're forgiven. :p
  2. Starkers

    Starkers Admiral Admiral

    Apr 22, 2001
    Behind Enemy Lines
    I was surprised that nobody had mentioned him...and obviously they had.

    I'm definitely the first person to suggest Frankes though!!!
  3. DarthPipes

    DarthPipes Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 3, 2006
    I like a lot of those directors but I'm not exactly rooting for any of them.

    -Peter Jackson would make two trilogies out of the sequel trilogy in order to stroke his massive ego.

    -I doubt Christopher Nolan would even be interested and he'd be obsessed with making a "realisitc" Star Wars.

    -I like JJ and what he did with Star Trek but his record can be hit and miss and he's prone to plotholes.

    -Ridley Scott, really? He's 74 years old. His films look great but storylines have never been his strong suit.

    -Steven Spielberg has lost his magic for these kind of films a long time ago.
  4. Captaindemotion

    Captaindemotion Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 26, 2001
    ^I believe that in promoting Lincoln Spielberg said that he has no interest in doing any more action movies. Having said that, I would guess that he'd make an exception for a Star Wars movie.
  5. T'Baio

    T'Baio Admiral Admiral

    Oct 18, 2001
    Ontario, Canada
    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.
  6. PsychoPere

    PsychoPere Vice Admiral Admiral

    May 25, 2002
    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.
  7. Nerys Myk

    Nerys Myk The Walrus Premium Member

    Nov 4, 2001
    Sitting on a cornflake.
    Studion shifts bother me. A Star Wars film with out the 20th Century Fox fanfare is weird.
  8. sidious618

    sidious618 Admiral Admiral

    Feb 21, 2005
    I agree with pretty much all of this. Darabont would be a good choice and he was in discussions with Lucas in the past so Lucas clearly trusts him. He'd be a good pick.
  9. Avon

    Avon Commodore Commodore

    May 7, 2010
    Anton Corbijn
  10. Saul

    Saul Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 27, 2002
    Peter Jackson.
  11. Set Harth

    Set Harth Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 10, 2010
    Yes, because everything that happened in TDKR was so realistic.
  12. FalTorPan

    FalTorPan Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jan 25, 2000
    Out there... thataway.
    Maybe Disney will buy a license to use the Fox fanfare music... but I doubt it.
  13. RoJoHen

    RoJoHen Awesome Premium Member

    Apr 14, 2000
    QC, IL, USA
    And directors only ever make one type of movie.
  14. EnsignRicky

    EnsignRicky Commodore Commodore

    Jan 22, 2008
    Pre-Apocalyptic Earth
    Joe Johnston
  15. Warp Coil

    Warp Coil Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    MD, USA
    Joss Whedon - let him play with the Marvel universe and his own original projects; I don't want him getting sidetracked and pulled into SW
    JJ Abrams - I want him available to focus on Trek XIII
    Peter Jackson - his Hobbit trilogy will keep him pretty occupied; there's no way he'd be able to take the reigns on Episode 7 in time for the proposed 2015 release date; otherwise I would think that he would make for a great choice
    Christopher Nolan - love this guy, but I'd rather see him do some more original stuff than get sucked into rejuvenating another big franchise
    Ridley Scott - meh; was ultimately disappointed with "Prometheus"; I think his career is winding down
    David Yates - while I really enjoyed his four HP films, I haven't seen anything else by him. I am not sure if he'd be a top contender.
    Brad Bird - Hmm.... perhaps....
    Frank Darabont - He hasn't directed anything on this scale before; it doesn't mean he couldn't pull it off, but I am not sure I would choose him, either
    Matthew Vaughn - would certainly be willing to see what he could offer
    Bryan Singer - did a great job with his two "X-Men" installments but fumbled with "Superman Returns"; would be willing to give him another shot
  16. Venardhi

    Venardhi Vice Admiral Admiral

    Dec 27, 2002
    The Great Wide Somewhere
    Darabont, Whedon or Bird
  17. The Borgified Corpse

    The Borgified Corpse Admiral Admiral

    Jun 4, 2000
    Ouch! Forgotten already? You were just down ther
    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.

    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.;)

    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.

    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.

    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 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.

    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?"

    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.
  18. JarodRussell

    JarodRussell Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jul 2, 2009
  19. Set Harth

    Set Harth Vice Admiral Admiral

    Mar 10, 2010
    Or so we thought.
  20. the G-man

    the G-man Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 22, 2010
    to your immediate right
    Wow. That is one of the most depressing things I've ever read.