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'X-Men: First Class' Director Matthew Vaughn in Talks for 'Star Wars'?

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November 5, 2012
Source: Collider

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Another day, another bit of Star Wars news. After last week's rumor popped up that the original Disney sci-fi movie 1952 from director Brad Bird and writer Damon Lindelof might be a cover for Star Wars, we had a reliable source refute that point with news that the project was something completely different. But now we're getting news of a different sort as Collider has one source (they're careful to point out they could not get a second source for confirmation) saying that Matthew Vaughn has been in talks with Disney and Lucasfilm to direct Star Wars: Episode VII. But is there any known director that won't be up for the gig?

When it comes to this job, if there's a director you could imagine or want taking on the Star Wars franchise, they've probably been approached. There's probably more than a handful of directors who have talked to Lucasfilm and Disney, but there's no telling which ones are more viable options. What works in Vaughn's favor is that he just left X-Men: Days of Future Past (Bryan Singer has stepped up to replace him), and that might be for this bigger Star Wars job. Again, this is purely rumor for now, and we're sure that there's plenty of directors in the running, so this is not a definitive piece of news just yet.

Everyone on the Internet with Hollywood sources is working hard to get any scrap of legitimate Star Wars news, and it hasn't even been a week since Disney bought Lucasfilm. We'll do our best to sift through all the crazy news (a shortlist of directors was revealed over the weekend, but it included names that have already been thought of, many on our list of the ten directors we chose for the job), and bring you the most viable and accurate information. Vaughn, who also directed Kick-Ass, is an interesting choice to direct, and this would be his biggest film to date, but we're hoping to get some more official confirmation soon.

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  • Phillip Gockel
    Oh man, I could go for that.
  • jac
    YES! I'd back that!
  • Josh
    Please God no
  • http://twitter.com/txshurricane Jim
    For the sake of Star Wars...NO.
  • Guy who comments on things
    They should make episode X,XI & XII all 3 years apart from eachother then go back for VII, VIII & IX 16 years later.. it is the tradition!
  • John Stamos and friends
    The torch needs to be handed to speilberg, although I doubt he'd do it.
    • John Stamos and friends
      On second thought Star Wars doesn't need Shia LaBeouf and the wacky but lovable new comer....
      • John Stamos again
        ...or maybe he could play Han solo's estranged son! And then, at the end of the movie, after Han and leia's long over do wedding, he's playin in the cockpit and ford walks back in and he shoots us a "not yet, kid" and scene!
        • Richie G
          you know you can just edit your posts instead of tacking on your next thought like a lune with ADHD
          • EFing John Stamos
            Oh thanks for the tip. I'll try not to look so luney next time. Maybe they'll put me in the luney bin with all the luney tunes if I don't edit instead of reply. This guys got it all figured out
          • Richie G
            You responded in one concise post! I feel that I've helped you already. You're welcome
  • Nielsen700
    Why don't I care about this? I mean, it's Star Wars for goodness sake!
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brad-White/1458067169 Brad White
    Interesting, especially the phrasing, "has been in talks" supports my theory as to why the announcement came when it did, meaning they are close to making a headline making deal!!!!
  • spencer
    Please not this guy xmen first class was terrible.. Nobody should touch star wars except lucas. For star wars sake dont make another.
    • http://www.facebook.com/matt.peloquin.14 Matt Peloquin
      You'll be waiting in line on opening night just like the rest of us.
  • The sword
    They should have just left it the way it was,I mean its like they are running out of ideas..
    • http://www.facebook.com/matt.peloquin.14 Matt Peloquin
      Who's they? I recently went to see Taken 2 which was complete and utter Hollywood garbage and there was a showing every half hour sold out for the entire weekend, but then last week when I go to Cloud Atlas the entire theater is nearly empty. Why is this you ask? It's because that even though people say the want new ideas and original stories what they really mean is they want nostalgia and explosions. There are plenty of new ideas out there, but they don't make money. So when you say "they" I'm guessing you're referring to Hollywood when in reality you need only look in a mirror and ask yourself what were the last 3 films YOU paid to see.
      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
        Why did you go to the cinema to watch Taken 2?
        • http://www.facebook.com/matt.peloquin.14 Matt Peloquin
          The same reason I got suckered into seeing The Hangover sequel.
          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
            The first Hangover movie was quite enjoyable though Matt. I'm not actually sure what Taken was, a weird racist fantasy, the second one seemed to invent some strange gypsy version of Islam based on what I don't know, it was terrible. I think the reason the theatre was empty for Cloud Atlas would have been empty is that a lot of people are dumb when it comes to cinema. A bit like someone who only eats cheeseburgers in case they get something that might upset them. Sorry Matt, I've drifted off the Star Wars thing totally. :-)
          • http://www.facebook.com/matt.peloquin.14 Matt Peloquin
            Taken is one of my favorite action films of all time and it played an important role in a life decision so it holds a special place in my heart. The sequel was an obvious cash grab, but I owed it to my love of the character to give myself some closure. You're right about Cloud Atlas because people hate to look at their mind as a muscle that needs exercise every once in awhile. They'd rather eat the Cheeseburger and completely switch their brain off for 2 hours. My point being, don't blame Hollywood for the retread of old ideas, blame the movie-going public.
          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7YGEVuJ4mM Carpola
            True Matt. Just going from the comments I see on here sometimes from men who are clearly over the age of 30, that still say things like 'Boobs! Guns! Explosions! Ethnic stereotypes being murdered! Yeaaaah!', that there will never be enough movies to satisfy that hunger.
          • theragingcajun
            Hangover 2 was sweet. Anyone who doesn't think so is gay, no matter what fucking response you give me, like "everyone's entitled their own opinion"..... fuck no, you don't like the Hangover soon-to-be-trilogy, then you're gay. Just like Stu getting it in the ass by a Japanese she-male.
          • http://www.facebook.com/matt.peloquin.14 Matt Peloquin
            I hear Alan dies in the 3rd one...
  • Richie G
    I should be more excited, but you guys got me hyped for the dream team of Blomkamp and Abrams (I might have taken some liberties in interpriting your top ten prefrences as facts)
  • marvelfan
    Hmmm... Vaughn did a great job with X-Men First Class but not sure if he'd be a safe bet for a project the size of Star Wars; I mean the guy just keeps pulling out of big movies he's attached to?! First X-Men: Last Stand, then Thor, now X-Men Days of Future Past... I wouldnt want Episode VII to be delayed because Mr. Vaughn decides not to do it weeks before shooting starts.
  • nightgoat72
    Oh god, please no. This guy is awful.
  • Akirakorn
    Uwe Boll for the win!
  • http://www.facebook.com/muttmayhem Matthew South
    I would expect at least two are on the do not call list: Uwe Boll and M. Night Shamalamadingdong.
    • Richie G
      add Bay and W.S. Anderson to that list
      • TheRagingCajun
        If Micheal Bay ends up with that gig, I will gladly display a video of me on youtube, dipping my heald in a steel bucket full of acid and acid-proof pirhannas.....
  • castingcouch
    It's often the lousy scripts of recent years that have sunk potentially good movies, rather than the choice of director. Good script first!
  • max
    i got really attached to the idea of bird directing... don't really think vaughn could come up with something nearly as inspired as he would, sadly :(
  • staatz
    I've liked everything he has done so far, I'm sure it would turn out ok
  • ion677
    I'd just like to say- "CALLED IT!" He was one of my top picks to direct when the news broke. Don't forget he did an amazing job with Stardust and Kick-ass.
  • mike
    Cool Matthew Vaughn is who I thought should do VII. I hope he gets it.
  • http://www.facebook.com/muttmayhem Matthew South
    This might seem blasphemus, but maybe they should just reboot it entirely? Start with Episode I, then just go every two years with a new one, keeping the cast as consistent as they can (obviously they would have to re-cast Anakin after the first one, but I think there are actors out there that could pull off a better Anakin, and just as good versions of Luke, Leia, and Han). I know a lot of you won't agree, so let's keep the replies to yea's or nay's.

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