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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2002 | Animation | PGSummary: A lonely Hawaiian girl named Lilo is being raised by her older sister, Nani, after their parents die -- under the watch of social worker Cobra Bubbles. When Lilo adopts a funny-looking dog and names him "Stitch," she doesn't realize her new best friend is a wacky alien created by mad scientist Dr...Director: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Cast: Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers
1957 | Drama | NRSummary: Brilliantly visceral re-telling of Macbeth, with feudal Japan replacing Scotland, and Toshiba Mifune and Isuzu Yamada in sensational performances as Lord and Lady Macbeth.Director: Akira Kurosawa
Cast: Toshirô Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Isuzu Yamada
2009 | Drama | NRSummary: Everything changes for 15 year old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend.Director: Andrea Arnold
Cast: Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender, Kierston Wareing, Rebecca Griffiths
1932 | Horror | NRSummary: Classic bizarre horror in which a devious man seeks the help of a voodoo practicioner (played by an ultra-creepy Bela Legosi) to win the love of a woman, only to watch her turned into a mindless zombie.Director: Victor Halperin
Cast: Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Joseph Cawthorn
2010 | Drama | TV-MASummary: Timothy Olyphant is spectacular as a US Maarshall transferred back to his Kentucky home town in this excellent modern western.Director: Graham Yost (creator)
Cast: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Walton Goggins
2012 | Drama | RSummary: Commercial airline pilot Whip Whitaker has a problem with drugs and alcohol, though so far he's managed to complete his flights safely. His luck runs out when a disastrous mechanical malfunction sends his plane hurtling toward the ground. Whip pulls off a miraculous crash-landing that results in ...Director: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Bruce Greenwood, Kelly Reilly
1947 | Thriller | NRSummary: Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth provide more than enough star power in this dark thriller about a seaman pulled into plots of deceit and murder.Director: Orson Welles
Cast: Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane
2013 | Action | PG-13Summary: Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent ...Director: J.C. Chandor
Cast: Robert Redford
1954 | Adventure | GSummary: Kirk Douglas and James Mason star in the classic adaptation of Jules Verne's underwater tale of the advanced submarine, the Nautilus and its stubborn Captain Nemo.Director: Richard Fleischer
Cast: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas
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