Who should and shouldn’t direct ‘Star Wars VII’

Who should and shouldn’t direct ‘Star Wars VII’

/Film has a list of ten filmmakers who should direct the new Star Wars film and five who shouldn’t:

Keep in mind that these aren’t necessarily the names we think are the most likely to get the call, or that they’d even be interested in the gig in the first place. And of course, all of this is assuming that Disney actually wants to go with a big-name filmmaker — it’s certainly possible they’ll go with someone less established or more obscure. With that said, we’re still at the point where just about anything seems possible with this project. Why not fantasize a bit?

I’m not going to comment on everyone on their list, but I have a few comments to make.

For number six on the “should” list they have Rian Johnson. Now there’s an idea. I’d love to see the creative sensibilities he brought to Looper, brought to a Star Wars film. That would be a good match I think.

Number four is Brad Bird. I’m not sure that would be such a good choice. MI4 was so-so and his other titles most revolve around Pixar. I’m just not sure it’s a good fit.

Number three: Alfonso Cuarón. NO.

Number two: J.J. Abrams. Probably not a good idea, though I could see how he would do a good job. But I think the rabidity of the fandom against a Star Trek director would be too much to overcome.

And number one on the “should” list is Joss Whedon. See here, the thing, I’m just not convinced that would work. I love Joss Whedon and his filmmaking, story telling and all that, but I don’t think he’s the right director for Star Wars. I don’t think it would work well with his sense of humor and his style of action adventure. Star Wars needs to be in a completely different style.

Their list of those who shouldn’t: Len Wiseman, Zack Snyder, Brett Ratner, Michael Bay, George Lucas. I agree with everyone on that list. They should not even be allowed to be in the same country while the filming is taking place! Particularly Michael Bay and Brett Ratner. Oh, Brett Ratner. Anyone remember the train wreck that was X-Men: The Last Stand? Yeah, I know those memories are painful, but the pain should serve as a reminder that Brett Ratner should never be allowed to make another film so long as he lives!

One filmmaker not on either list that I might be interested to see tackle Star Wars is Christopher Nolan. I think he could give us a much more Empire Strikes Back like Star Wars film than we have seen to date since then, and that is exactly what I want from Star Wars.