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Millions of people love the original Star Wars trilogy and consider it a vital part of their nerd identity. Millions of people hate the latest Star Wars trilogy and consider it an affront to something dear to their hearts. With that in mind, there’s a tremendous opportunity for a director and/or writer to “save” Star Wars. At worst, he or she will be celebrated — fairly or unfairly — for not being George Lucas. At best, he or she will be the savior of all nerdkind. Who are some of the people you’d like to see considered for Star Wars Episode 7?
Many sci-fi and comic-book geeks have been throwing Joss Whedon’s name around. The man has a ton of nerd cred between Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and The Avengers. Many Star Wars fans were hoping that Timothy Zahn’s novels would be given the big-screen treatment, but RPadholic N8R informed us that won’t be the case. The usual suspects of Christopher Nolan, Darren Aronofsky, and Ridley Scott have been discussed by the sci-fi elite.
Who would you like to see as the director and writer of Star Wars Episode 7? Who will be the chosen one that saves the Star Wars movies? What are the chances of seeing Natalie Portman (in extended scenes) wearing Princess Leia’s metal bikini?
16 thoughts on “Coffee Talk #533: Who Will Be the Star Wars Chosen One?”
Please not Joss Whedon. Avengers was overrated and I just don’t like his work.
I vote for Peter Jackson since he does the 3 movie thing pretty well and I typically like his work.
Aside from The Avengers, what other Whedon work are you down on? A lot of sci-fi nerds love Firefly/Serenity and many comic-book fanboys loved his Astonishing X-Men.
Buffy, FireFly, Speed, Titan A.E..
I love Sci-fi and am very far from a comic book fanboy. I didn’t care for Avengers and feel that he will try to replicate that for the rest of his career and would prefer Star Wars to not fall in that horrible mold.
I did like Cabin in the Woods though. I had no expectations however.
Seconded.Not Cabin the woods though.
I will second the “please not Joss Whedon” vote, simply because I’d rather he just work on comic-book related materials.
In addition, I also vote for, please not Christopher Nolan!!!!!!! I have the same opinion with regards to everyone wanting him to direct the next Bond movies.
Peter Jackson could work out because he understands epic storylines, and that’s what Star Wars needs right now. Going with a no-name director seems like a safe choice for the sake of the director though. People can be cruel when it comes to Star Wars, just ask Jake Lloyd. I’d only like to see that happen to a well known director if Christopher Nolan was the director.
Yes exactly. People clamoring for Nolan or Whedon piss me off in their logic most of the time. While I typically do like Nolan’s work, not everything he touches has to be batman or inception. It’s like how everyone wanted Depp to be the Riddler so he could be a psycho like Ledger’s Joker.
Maybe all these people like Madden?
I don’t mind Nolan’s work, but he does a particular style of movie very well, similar to how Tim Burton does his style of movies very well (albeit overdone). With people wanting Nolan to direct the new Bond movies I see a lot of people hyping them up simply because he directed them and not because they are good or his best work, etc. My opinion is also that the Bond series has to be watered down a little bit because they have to retain some level of mediocrity in order to survive for so long.
With Whedon he does excellent work, but that doesn’t mean his style of work is best suited for something like Star Wars. I’ve been trying to think of someone who I think has a better vision for an epic than your mention of Peter Jackson, and I just can’t think of anyone better. Jackson’s style is epic. Star Wars needs to be epic.
There usually doesn’t seem to be any logic to people’s wishes other than pure fandom without any thought given to style or personality.
Bold statement: Other than being the one to bring a darker tone to the Batman movies, I saw nothing special to the cinematic style in Nolan’s work on any of the Batman movies.
(at the risk of people flaming me) Kevin Smith!
Why? Because SW could use a little comedy… and not the unintentional kind we saw in the last couple of movies. Also, Kevin Smith really understands the Star Wars universe and is a huge nerd, so that’s a plus.
Uew Boll. I keed. I keed.
Uwe Boll vs. Michael Bay in a fight to the death for the rights to direct Star Wars!
Shocknam Style http://i.imgur.com/i21Yx.jpg
David Fincher. I’d LOVE to see what he would do with the Star Wars franchise. Just thinking outside the box, guys…don’t flame me :D
Id love to see Nacho Vigalondo.
Ain’t It Cool News posted a rumor about Brad Bird directing Episode VII. That would completely rule!
James Cameron. I’m only saying this because Aliens is on HBO2w right now.
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