In case you haven’t heard, STAR WARS EPISODE 7 is officially in production… and it’s the start of a new trilogy… and George Lucas won’t be directing OR writing.
Pretty f***ing amazing, right? Take all the time you need to let that news seep in. I’ll just be waiting over here, minding my own business. I won’t even ridicule you for that shameful nerdgasmic mess you’ve just launched all over your computer. Here, I’ll even pass the Kleenex.
Alright, are you ready for even more gossip?
Well, Disney purchased Lucasarts and all of its properties, so the House of Mouse plans to set this new movie before the masses in 2015. That’s a bit less than 3 years away. Will they be sequels to the Original Trilogy? Will they use the Extended Universe books? Will these new flicks even be connected to the rest?
We don’t know much, but we DO know Disney is in pursuit of a Director, and that is a very interesting situation. We’ve spent a few adrenaline filled hours in the UTF club house thinking over our top picks, and we’d like you to give it a looksy.
His period flicks are absolutely insane. With all of the poorly handled Jedi rhetoric from the last set of Star Wars films, who better to bring some gravitas to the Galaxy than Scott? Remember Gladiator? Black Hawk Down? Kingdom of Heaven? Imagine that depth in Star Wars.
This man is a monster behind the camera. He’s recently rejuvenated Bond in the best 007 film since… well, perhaps all time. Like a perfect mixture of Ridley Scott’s scope and Neil Blomkamp’s genre flexibility, Mendes could really tear Star Wars apart… in a good, non-rapey way.
His track record isn’t nearly as diverse or successful as our other contenders, but if given the right opportunity, he seems like he could really turn the new Episodes into something great. Oh, and he’s David Bowie’s son. Can you imagine Ziggy Stardust in a brown, monk robe flailing across the big screen with a green lightsaber in one hand and a hot pink scarf in the other?
A master of humanising sci-fi, we best remember Blomkamp for the massive clusterf*** that was the failed HALO movie. He’s since produced some great genre fare, though, with the breakout hit District 9 and the soon to be released Elysium (another dystopian, near future tale). He includes a heavy hand of dirt and grit in his movies, which may not sit well in comparison to the other Star Wars flicks, but would be a welcome change nonetheless.
GUILLERMO DEL TORO
Guillermo Del Toro would be the perfect choice. He’s obsessed with folk tales, creatures, and monsters. He emphasizes animatronics over CGI, which is one of the reasons The Original Trilogy was so damn great. He does tend to drag projects on for years and years, though, which doesn’t bode well with the release date Nazi’s at Disney.
So what do you think? Who do you want to direct the new trilogy? Or do you want a new director for each film?
Let us know!