As I said the other day, the rumors are flying wild regarding the new Star Wars movie (episode 7). The Internet rumors are churning out rumors as fast as Vader kills commanders.
One rumor that picked up steam is that Disney is interested in bringing back Darth Vader, the Empire’s ultimate bad guy. But, as you may recall, there’s a little problem—Vader dies in episode 6! Of course he was “more machine than man” so I guess somebody will just hook him up to a car battery and zap him back to life.
Another rumor that’s been buzzing about concerns a certain Pixar director that might be in line to direct the new flick. Despite names like Steven Spielberg, JJ Abrams, David Cronenberg, Jon Favreau, Colin Trevorrow, and Mattew Vaughn, another unlikely name has been thrown into the mill—Brenda Chapman.
Chapman, co-directed Pixar’s recent hit film Brave, and because of a recent tweet, many believe she’s a possible candidate to work on Episode 7.
For those of you who missed it here’s her Tweet:
As some of you seem to already know (ah, the marvel of technology), I’ve started consulting for Lucasfilm Animation. I am not directing. This was a wonderful opportunity to work with someone whom I’ve admired from a distance in the film industry for years: Kathleen Kennedy. I was completely surprised and honored when she asked me to work with her on this particular project – which I am not at liberty to discuss. (Sorry, I know you wanna know, but I just can’t tell ya.) I feel very privileged to have this opportunity, even for a short time.
Not concrete proof if you ask me, but the Tweet seems to have many Star Wars fans convinced. As for my guess, I’d put money on director Joe Johnston. Johnston had a big hit directing Captain America and he also directed the Wolfman remake, The Rocketeer and Jurassic Park III. But most importantly he worked as a top special effects man at ILM and worked on the original Star Wars trilogy. In my mind he’d be a natural choice.
As far as what we know for sure— Lucas will stay on as a consultant on the new films. George has already been in talks with Disney execs and has provided notes and plots he already had developed years ago.
In addition, we know who the writer will be— Michael Arndt (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Little Miss Sunshine, Phineas and Ferb). Disney made it official with the following announcement:
As pre-production of Star Wars: Episode VII begins, Lucasfilm has confirmed that award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay for the new Star Wars film. As revealed in the ongoing video series posted here on StarWars.com, Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas have begun story conferences with Arndt. Arndt won an Academy Award® for Best Original Screenplay for writing Little Miss Sunshine (2006), and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for writing Toy Story 3 (2010).
So that’s about all the news we have so far that’s been confirmed. In the weeks and months to come, I’ll try to sort through the “rumors” and report as best as I can what the “real deal” is.
So may the Force be with us and may Disney and Lucas get the next trilogy right.
Who do you think would be a great choice to direct the new Star Wars trilogy? Let us know what you think.