The list of Hollywood directors who are making comments about whether or not they’re interested in helming “Star Wars VII” continues to grow. As of Nov. 12, add Colin Trevorrow, Guillermo del Toro, J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau to the list of directors who have talked about helming “Star Wars” after George Lucas.
Colin Trevorrow can’t comment, “would absolutely love to direct’ “Star Wars” film
Update, Nov. 28: Trevorrow says he’s not directing “Episode VII.”
Trevorrow discussed possible directions the new “Star Wars” movies could take in an interview at the Stockholm International Film Festival by Joblonetwork. The “Safety Not Guaranteed” director’s responses indicated he’d given the idea more than a little thought and was carefully positioning himself.
When asked directly if he would be involved in one of the new “Star Wars” movies:
“It is not something that I can comment too much on. But I can definitely say, I am as much of a fan of ‘Star Wars’ as everyone else for whom ‘Star Wars’ was the most important thing in their life, when they were a kid. I’m deeply aware of how profoundly important it is, to billions of people. It really is a mythology and possibly even a belief system for a lot of people,” Trevorrow responded.
“I certainly can’t comment on what my involvement may ever be, I can definitely say that I would absolutely love to direct a ‘Star Wars’ film at some point in my life. That would be incredible, I’m not daunted by it. Even if I understand that any thinking director who cares about it as I do, as much as a lot of directors do, would be afraid of screwing it up. But I also think that it’s a risk that a lot of directors would be willing to take, because they care about it so much.”
The response is part of Trevorrow’s much longer response suggesting the importance of the next “Star Wars” trilogy and a director’s approach, ideas well worth considering when any potential director talks about sitting behind the camera for “Star Wars VII.”
Del Toro hasn’t been “formally approached” to direct “Star Wars VII”
Fanhattan asked Del Toro if he would be interested in directing “Star Wars VII.” His response, like so many other directors, expressed enthusiasm for the trilogy of “Star Wars” films Disney has announced when it bought Lucasfilm. But the author notes del Toro emphasized he had not been formally approached.
“You know, I saw it on the Internet, but I haven’t approached them, they haven’t formally approached me. I mean, I heard some rumblings, but to me it’s really — I have so many projects to discuss or think about. [For] something that is not a possibility yet, I don’t do that. You know, because I have so many things that I need to catch up with,” Del Toro said.
“If this becomes ever a reality, and there’s an approach to do it, I would then think about it, but — it’s like thinking if I want to date a supermodel. I don’t think about these things.”
J.J. Abrams notes directing “Star Wars VII” comes with a “burden”
In an earlier exclusive with Hollywood Life, Abrams expressed a disinclination to direct but an appreciation for the “Star Wars” film. He put it in the context of his work rebooting “Star Trek:”
“Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time,” J.J. told Hollywood Life. He added, “I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big ‘Star Trek’ fan growing up, so for me, working on ‘Star Trek’ didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of ‘Star Wars,’ but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!”
Jon Favreau “giddy” to see what happens
Favreau, in the same post, was less direct in his response. He cited his experience growing up as a “Star Wars,” his previous work with Lucas, and his excitement about the trilogy. Without officially throwing his hat into the ring, Favreau said:
“I am just giddy, first and foremost as a fan, to see what happens with [“Star Wars VII”]. I think there [are] a lot of question marks of how they are going to do it, and who they are going to do it with, and what the story is going to be about; but to say that I am not excited about it is definitely an understatement. We’ll see.”
Other directors weigh in on “Star Wars VII”
Four other directors had previously already weighed in on “Star Wars VII.”
- Zack Snyder said he wouldn’t be interested in directing the film or the trilogy, although he characterized himself as a “‘Star Wars’ fanatic.”
- Steven Spielberg gave Access Hollywood a definite no because “it’s not [his] genre.”
- Kevin Smith wrote a personal op-ed piece for THR that indicates he’s given the story possibilities a lot of thought.
- Quentin Tarantino was near dismissive of a Disney “Star Wars” to EW – not that the “Django Unchained” director had been rumored a serious contender.
Brad Bird, Matthew Vaughn and Colin Trevorrow may also still be under consideration for “Star Wars VII.” Bird has been the focus of a fan-made campaign for the film, while speculation on the chances for Vaughn and Trevorrow have taken the focus in the latest discussions.
Update, Nov. 18: Brad Bird is not directing “Star Wars VII.”
Update, Nov. 29: Jason Flemyng hints Matthew Vaughn may be directing the film.
Also worth noting as the film moves forward: Michael Arndt, who penned “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Toy Story 3,” has been officially named the “Star Wars VII” screenwriter.
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