Star Wars Episode VII- The Search for a Director


Despite rumors, J.J. Abrams has yet to fully commit to filming Star Wars Episode VII. He is an excellent director of the sci-fi genre, but I doubt a Star Trek director will go over well with the Star Wars fans. My fear would be he would try to thrown in a few Star Trek references, offending me and zillions of other fans. Even if he has been made official, I can still dream right?StarWars Directors

  • Clint Eastwood- He is an excellent storyteller, and while he has not ventured into Science Fiction, I believe that he could pull it off and bring us a “space opera” feel that made us love the Original Trilogy so much.
  • Joss Whedon- Do I really need to give an explanation? After the genius that was Marvel’s The Avengers, Firefly, and so many others, I believe he could rebrand the franchise and make it better (well, then the Prequel Trilogy anyway.)
  • Jon Turteltaub- Despite having a difficult name to spell, he has brought us National Treasure and its sequel, along with a few other hits. He could nail the “adventure” side of the Star Wars franchise and give us some compelling characters.
  • Christopher Nolan- After the genius that became The Dark Knight Trilogy, I’m convinced that Nolan could bring a Star Wars film of incredible proportion. Just so long as he doesn’t cast Leonardo DiCaprio, everything will be fine.
  • Bryan Singer- Though he totally ruined Superman Returns, I’m willing to forgive him because he is an excellent director. The first two X-Men films were great and I believe he could deliver on Star Wars.

All of these are my opinion, but I welcome yours as well. Leave it in the comment section and we’ll see how this goes.

3 thoughts on “Star Wars Episode VII- The Search for a Director

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  3. I think it’s funny that you don’t want J.J. Abrams! I think he is fantastic. I have been a fan of J.J. since Alias. He manages to weave intrigue, suspense, heart and humor beautifully so I love Disney’s choice. Let’s be honest, If his previous work managed to carry over into his newer films then it would show a distinct lack of creativity and he wouldn’t be as successful as he is. Now, I would agree that he has a distinct style that carries over into all his work. However, it’s his point of view as a director and I would argue the same can be said for most directors.

    As for your other choices, the only two worth commenting on are Christopher Nolan and Joss Whedon who clearly know how to make compelling action/science fiction/superhero movies. I would have to say that I don’t think I would want Christopher Nolan directing Star Wars. His movies tend to be a bit dark and gritty. That is not what I want from my Star Wars movies. Part of what makes them so compelling is that there is a lighthearted humor throughout the films. As for Joss Whedon, he would be my second choice to direct the movies. The only thing I have a hard time with is that he seems to have no trouble killing off beloved characters. I watch his movies silently wondering if I should get attached to the characters because he seriously might kill them off.

    All that to say I hope J.J. takes it. I was excited and scared that Disney bought the Star Wars franchise in the first place. However, with J.J. at the helm, I think the sequels will be a far cry from the prequels and pay homage to the originals. Still skeptical? Look at the way he revamped the Star Trek franchise!


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