Now that Star Wars: Episode VII has a screenwriter behind it, it won’t be long before Disney will announce the new director to oversee the space opera project. There have been many rumors about who exactly will take over the Star Wars series, but the most solid lead remains indie director Colin Trevorrow. Will the Star Wars saga go to a relatively unknown filmmaker?
In an interview on the filmmixern podcast, Colin Trevorrow addressed rumors surrounding him and the potential of taking the Star Wars directing job. Here’s Trevorrow:
I have very little to say about it. [stammering] Certainly, no specifics about whats 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 its important to us. We come from a generation who grew up with this as children, to us its almost a belief system. Its 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. Its just incredible. So that’s all I can say about that. I’m equally excited about it. … that’s all you’re gonna get!
Since Michael Arndt was named the new Star Wars screenwriter last week, it probably won’t be too long before Disney announces a director for Episode VII. Colin Trevorrow is still in the running, along with Matthew Vaughn. A plea from Movies.com has also put director Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) in the running, but it feels like Disney may go with someone younger. Remember, George Lucas said he’d like the Star Wars saga to go to a new and younger generation of filmmakers.