Jon Favreau Pursuing 'Star Wars' & David Fincher Might Be Game Too
by Ethan Anderton
November 30, 2012
As if you didn't know, we still don't have a director for Star Wars: Episode VII. Matthew Vaughn just had an interesting tidbit pop up that seemed to support his involvement, but nothing official has been revealed. Now two more names have surfaced as still being in the running. One name has been mentioned frequently as a likely candidate (including being on our list of hopefuls), while the other seemed like a pipe dream. In a long rant about career mistakes made online, Deadline mentions Iron Man director Jon Favreau is "panting after the job" and The Social Network helmer David Fincher "might be game" also.
Favreau is a huge Star Wars fan, so it's no surprise that he wants to try his hand at the new trilogy. However, some fans haven't been too psyched to see him take on the saga. Meanwhile, Kevin Smith has endorsed Favreau on Twitter saying: "I watched Iron Man again. Such a perfect movie. Disney should give Jon Favrea Star Wars VII. Dude knows how to make a great family flick." That may not be the most coveted support since some fans have turned against Smith over the past few years, but the guy does have an unbridled passion for the Star Wars saga. I think Favreau wouldn't be a bad choice, but we might have a more interesting time with another.
David Fincher might not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of Star Wars (especially with films like Se7en, Zodiac and more in his past), but the director has said the film was very influential on him as a young filmmaker. Plus, you might now know this, but Fincher worked for Industrial Light and Magic as a teen, so this would almost be like going full circle. When he left Lucas he was but the learner, but now he would be the master. Anyway, Disney and Lucasfilm are keeping their mouths shut for now, but we're still hoping for some kind of official announcement, maybe before the end of 2012. Thoughts?