10 dream directors to replace George Lucas on 'Star Wars: Episode 7'
You're not dreaming. "Star Wars" is returning to the big screen. There is a studio (Walt Disney Studios), presumed producers (Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas), an original storyline (or so initial reports say) and a tentative release date (summer 2015). What "Star Wars: Episode 7" doesn't have, however, is a director (although considering how quiet Disney kept details of the Lucasfilm sale, anything is possible).
There are two directions Disney will go down when selecting someone to begin a new "Star Wars" trilogy. 1. They will pick a relatively unknown or up and coming studio filmmaker who will follow the strict directions of the producers and the studio. 2. A well known "name" filmmaker will step up to bring "Star Wars" effectively into the 21st Century and introduce the franchise to a whole new generation. If it's the latter, movie fans need to realize some of their favorite filmmakers probably wouldn't be the right person to make a new "Star Wars" film. Quentin Tarantino, Darren Aronofsky, Nicolas Winding Refn, Ang Lee, Kathryn Bigelow are all great filmmakers, but is a new "Star Wars" flick really the best use of their talents? James Cameron and Peter Jackson have already etched their names in cinema history. Something tells us taking over "Star Wars" probably isn't something they deem necessary for their considerable legacies.
With that in mind, both myself and Drew McWeeny have selected five different filmmakers we'd love to see take the reins of "Star Wars: Episode 7." And yes, this is a "dream" list, but each selection could legitimately secure the gig. Your can review the contenders in the embeddable story gallery below.
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1999 | Documentary | RSummary: AMERICAN MOVIE is the story of filmmaker Mark Borchardt, his mission, and his dream. Spanning over two years of intense struggle with his film, his family, financial decline, and spiritual crisis, AMERICAN MOVIE is a portrayal of ambition, obsession, excess, and one man's quest for the American D...Director: Chris Smith
Cast: Mark Borchardt, Mike Schank, Tom Schimmels
2014 | Documentary | RSummary: Roger Ebert's life and terminal illness are profiled in this in-depth documentary that goes well beyond the bounds of Ebert's career as a film critic.Director: Steve James
Cast: Roger Ebert, Chaz Ebert, Gene Siskel
1937 | Drama | NRSummary: Cocky young street kid worships his father, a sleazy political operative.Director: William Nigh
Cast: Jackie Cooper, Maureen O'Connor, Kathleen Burke, Robert Emmett O'Connor
2014 | Family | NRSummary: The early life of Walt Disney is explored in this family film with an art house twist. Though his reality was often dark, it was skewed by his ever growing imagination and eternal optimism.Director: Logan Sekulow
Cast: Travis Tritt, Olan Rogers, Ryan Dunlap, Mark Stuart
2013 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: What begins as a relatively normal dinner party for eight friends becomes a night of sci-fi influenced strangeness when a comet passes particularly close to Earth.Director: James Ward Byrkit
Cast: Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon
2011 | Drama | RSummary: The Cold War comes back to life in this impeccably designed spy story in which disgraced former spy George Smiley (Gary Oldman) returns to his old agency to ferret out a mole.Director: Tomas Alfredson
Cast: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy
2014 | Adventure | NRSummary: After weeks of traveling through Europe, the immature William finds himself in Copenhagen, the place of his father’s birth. He befriends the youthful Effy, who works in William’s hotel as part of an internship program, and they set off to find William’s last living relative. Effy’s mix of youthfu...Director: Mark Raso
Cast: Gethin Anthony, Frederikke Dahl Hansen, Sebastian Armesto, Tamzin Merchant
2000 | Adventure | GSummary: Kuzco is a self-centered emperor who summons Pacha from a village and to tell him that his home will be destroyed to make room for Kuzco's new summer home. Kuzco's advisor, Yzma, tries to poison Kuzco and accidentally turns him into a llama, who accidentally ends up in Pacha's village. Pacha offe...Director: Mark Dindal
Cast: David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton
1952 | Musical | GSummary: Sound comes to the movies in this endlessly inventive and exuberant musical comedy starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O'Connor.Director: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
Cast: Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds
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