For fans keeping track of possible directors for “Star Wars: Episode VII,” it’s time to update your scorecard. As of Nov. 28, Colin Trevorrow says he’s not directing that film, while sources suggest Matthew Vaughn might be the chosen one.
Trevorrow, the writer-director of the charming sci-fi indie comedy “Safety Not Guaranteed,” has been a long-shot contender for directing “Star Wars: Episode VII.” Early on, he had played coy with rumors, eventually saying there was another project he was pursuing. Now Trevorrow has told The Hollywood Reporter:
“It’s not going to be me for ‘Episode VII,” and I can’t believe I’ve actually had to come out and say that. That was the most shocking thing, like around the dinner table when I was 8, I had to assure everyone that it wasn’t me, but now actually for real. But there are a lot of things that have come up that are a lot of exciting opportunities that have come up because of [‘Safety’].”
But perhaps those rumors have had their intended effect in raising Trevorrow’s profile. Variety reported Tuesday that Trevorrow and Derek Connolly have been hired to rewrite, and possible direct, Disney’s remake of its 1986 “Flight of the Navigator.” The duo has already sold an untitled project to Disney, with Trevorrow in the director’s chair.
Meanwhile, the most recent speculation that it is Vaughn who will sit behind the camera for “Star Wars: Episode VII.” The “X-Men: First Class” and “Kick Ass” director has been, for many fans, a frontrunner for directing “Episode VII.
In an interview with Hey U Guys for the U.K. premiere of “Seven Psychopaths,” actor Jason Flemyng may have let it slip that Vaughn has been chosen to direct “Episode VII.” About a minute into his video interview, Flemyng says:
“Me and Matt have done nine films together, so I’m sure I’ll get the call for ‘Star Wars.’”
So, did Fleming accidentally scoop the news or is its just positive thinking? Watch his reaction, and decide for yourself.
That said, fans should keep their scorecards, because Empire reports Mark Millar as saying Vaughn left “X-Men: Days of Future Past” for “The Secret Service.” That project might not leave the director with time for “Star Wars.”
So the rumors continue to swirls around the new “Star Wars” films. Of course, fans know there will be nothing definite about who will direct “Episode VII,” of the other films, until Lucasfilm and Disney ink the deal. But the speculation certainly helps pass the time – because right now, “Star Wars: Episode VII” seems like it’s a galaxy far, far away.
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