George Lucas & Kathleen Kennedy Talk 'Star Wars' Directors & More
by Ben Pearson
November 9, 2012
Ever since Disney dropped the bomb that it acquired Lucasfilm and new Star Wars films are coming, the internet has been on fire with speculation as to who might write and direct the newest entries. We have our choices for who might be the best fit, but let's take a step back and see what the true decision-makers have to say. We previously posted about a quick video of George Lucas and Lucasfilm co-chairman Kathleen Kennedy talking about the future of the franchise, now a second video has just been released that features the two talking about Lucas' role in this process and what exactly they're looking for in a potential director.
The director's chair for Star Wars: Episode VII will be the hottest of all proverbial hot seats, and it seems like Lucas and Kennedy at least have a good idea of what they would like to see from someone vying for the job. It's interesting that Kennedy mentions that there are people she's worked with before that she's going to try to get to "join the fold," and I wonder what that does to rumors of Matthew Vaughn or Safety Not Guaranteed helmer Colin Trevorrow snagging the gig. There is a growing list of filmmakers who won't direct the movie, now we just have to wait to find out who will lock it down. However long that might take.
Just yesterday, news broke that Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt has written the treatment for the new trilogy and will be at least one of the (likely multiple) writers who comes on board to tackle the screenplay for Episode VII. It seemed as if fans collectively breathed a sigh of relief that the new trilogy wasn't going to be just a dusted-off copy of what Lucas had cooked up years ago, but instead that his universe will be in the hands of some fresh blood with Lucas just chiming in to answer questions or fill in the gaps. Honestly, that's probably the best possible outcome. What I'm happiest about is that Lucas himself seems to recognize and embrace his new position. He's no longer a guy who you'd have to fight to pry control out of his cold, dead hands; he seems okay with letting it go, and that's a monumentally good sign for the future of Star Wars.