Star Wars director search nearly done, Indy 5 still alive?

News Simon Brew 14 Nov 2012 - 08:24
Star Wars

Frank Marshall has given a brief update on the hunt for a Star Wars Episode 7 director. And it seems the news is imminent...

It seems as over the past week or two, there's been a rush to rule out as many different names from directing Disney's newly-announced Star Wars: Episode VII as possible. The likes of Jon Favreau, Quentin Tarantino, JJ Abrams, Joss Whedon, Brett Ratner (just kidding) and more have been nattered about, with most of them ruling themselves out of the running.

MTV, though, caught up with producer Frank Marshall, who's married to new Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. Does he know who's going to be calling the shots on Star Wars: Episode 7? "I do", he replied. "But I can't reveal it, or I won't be alive tomorrow".

He added that the hunt for the new Star Wars director has focussed in now on "a couple of candidates, but I don't know how soon that will be revealed".

Marshall also gave a quick update on the state of Indiana Jones 5, and whether Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm affects that. "I don't think it changes anything, it's still open", he told MTV. "But it's really on the back burner and we're not really talking about it. Star Wars is next, so that's what we're focusing on. Indy'is back there, but nothing has changed".

We're at the point now where we'd bet hard cash that we won't see an Indiana Jones 5 that stars Harrison Ford and is directed by Steven Spielberg. Not much hard cash, of course, but a little bit.

Here's the story at MTV.

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Haha! For a split-second, you had me going there with Brett Ratner :P

I'd like to see a director with a track record of decent sci-fi have a crack at it. My initial thoughts go to Duncan Jones or Bryan Singer (who actually remade The Empire Strikes Back in the guise of X2).

I'm kind of getting tired of the runaround atm.

There's so many possibilities and so much will be read into who they do finally choose as to how Disney will handle the new trilogy, I just want it done already!

Anyone else feeling the Wachowski's for this new venture?

Just think of Starwars mixed with Matrix type action sequences.

Hell no!

One British pound says it's Joe Johnston... looking at his resume, it's a bit of an obvious one, but he's worked with Disney, Lucasfilm and Kathleen Kennedy in the past (a lot!) and was even the guy responsible for the final designs of both Yoda and Boba Fett... the man's got SW in his blood! :)

Apparently it's Frank Oz.

That sounds awful!

Two words. McG. :-)

How about Wes Anderson??

How about Catherine Hardwicke??

Who cares it's going to a rubbish cash in anyway?

Mel Gibson.

How about Tyler Perry?? How about Tom Six??

Or Andrew Stanton, Disney need to go bold with this new trilogy, and get a director(s) like Alfonso Cuaron or Neil Blomkamp, but they will more likely than not play it safe, after all, they need to recoup that $4bn investment, and that's where they'll go wrong, it will be so safe, conforming, and risk-averse; everything the original Trilogy was not!

I think after John Carter being compared to Phantom Menace so much they'd be be taking a bigger risk with Stanton, though I totally see how it could happen! Alfonso Cuaron would be an ace choice! He's had experience with fantasy and with playing in someone else's universe (which would be my only reservation with Blomkamp, tbh).

I've also heard Frank Oz mentioned!

I'm just waiting for someone to suggest Paul WS Anderson before I get my coat! :)

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