I have to say, I never thought I would see this many directors turn down the opportunity to direct a Star Wars movie. We haven’t ran all the responses (do you want endless articles about who isn’t directing the film?) but so far the people that have turned it down are Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Guillmero del Toro, Sam Mendes, Jon Favreau (though he didn’t exactly turn it down) and Zack Snyder, which are the ones I know of.
Recently a rumour was picked up that LucasFilm and Disney were in talks with indie director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) to helm Star Wars Episode VII, and that George Lucas had already had a few talks with him before the Disney acquisition a few months back. When asked about it recently on the radio talk show Filmmixern.se (thanks to /Film for the transcription), Trevorrow didn’t exactly answer the question properly. In fact, his reply was a complete dodge and indicates that he IS in talks. Read his comments below:
“I have very little to say about it. Certainly, no specifics about what’s going on behind the scenes in the selection of that person [a director]. I think that I can speak as a Star Wars fan, which is important to me. Whoever does do this movie, I think, just needs to have a fundamental understanding of why it’s important to us. We come from a generation who grew up with this as children, to us it’s almost a belief system. It’s harder for people who are older or who were already teenagers when the movie came out to understand how deeply it is our mythology. And there are a bunch of incredible directors who are up for this job… I think whoever gets it will have that fundamental understanding of why Star Wars matters so much to a billion people. It’s just incredible. So that’s all I can say about that. I’m equally excited about it. … that’s all you’re gonna get!”
In journalism language, that’s translated to, “Why yes, I am in talks for the new Star Wars movie, but that’s a secret and I’m not allowed to talk about it.” I wouldn’t mind if Trevorrow helmed Episode VII, but I would prefer a more proven director, along the lines of Matthew Vaughn and Neil Blomkamp. What do you think? Share your thoughts below.