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Nov. 12, 2012by: Paul Shirey
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While at an event this past weekend, directors J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau were asked about their take on the STAR WARS: EPISDOE VII announcement, with both responding enthusiastically, but neither exactly begging to jump in the director's seat. 

Here's what Abrams had to say:

"Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time,” J.J. gushed. He added, “I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn't have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!"

And here's Favreau's thoughts:

"I think both J.J. and I come from a generation of people who formed our whole creative persona around what we experienced as kids from watching those films, and I have had the good fortune of working with George [Lucas] and around George, and whether it is doing a voice on Clone Wars, or being at the Skywalker Ranch mixing Iron Man – so I have been very happy and lucky to just experience the culture that Lucas has created, both in my own life growing up as a kid and professional – whether it was interviewing him at film festivals on stage, he is just a really wonderful, talented gifted guy who has changed the business so much, so I am just giddy, first and foremost as a fan, to see what happens with it. I think there is a lot of question marks of how they are going to do it, and who they are going to do it with, and what the story is going to be about; but to say that I am not excited about it is definitely an understatement. We’ll see."

What I find interesting about all these big-name directors taking themselves out of the mix to direct a STAR WARS film is that they all seem exceptionally apprehensive.  For decades, fans have tossed director's names around, speculating on what could have been or what could be if one of their favorites took on the franchise.  Certainly, I'm no stranger to that.  However, it seems that the names many of us have dreamed of seeing attached to a STAR WARS films aren't anywhere near as enthusiastic about it as we are.  Perhaps the onslaught of hate towards Lucas over the prequels has made the STAR WARS franchise a bit of a career risk for many of the high-profile names we've heard mention of in the last few weeks.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is slated for release in 2015.

Extra Tidbit: I think Abrams would be a really solid choice for a Star Wars film, but not for Episode VII. Let him rock some more Star Trek for a while. What do you think? Could Abrams take on both "Star" franchises?

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2:14PM on 11/13/2012
I'm less worried about who sits in the director's chair and more worried about who will be writing the script. With a solid script there are a lot of directors that could breathe fresh life into the saga, but they need the write script.
I'm less worried about who sits in the director's chair and more worried about who will be writing the script. With a solid script there are a lot of directors that could breathe fresh life into the saga, but they need the write script.
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1:51AM on 11/13/2012
You don't really need a big name director for a Star Wars movie. Look at the ones who made Strikes back & Jedi? It is no coincidence that every A list director is passing on it, since whoever does get the gig will have a huge burden placed on them if fanboys don't like the movie. [link]
You don't really need a big name director for a Star Wars movie. Look at the ones who made Strikes back & Jedi? It is no coincidence that every A list director is passing on it, since whoever does get the gig will have a huge burden placed on them if fanboys don't like the movie. [link]
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7:07PM on 11/12/2012

Reading between the lines...

...sounds like JJ Abrams is not in the running. However, Favreau might be. Personally I think Favreau would do an awesome job.
...sounds like JJ Abrams is not in the running. However, Favreau might be. Personally I think Favreau would do an awesome job.
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1:32PM on 11/12/2012
Just let Michael Bay do it. Just kiddin' or am I? No I'm definitely just kidding. I have no idea who I would trust to do it. Whoever it turns out to be they'll need massive balls cause they have the potential of pissing off everyone if they mess it up. Even if they get it right they'll still get pissed on because the purists will inevitably find something wrong. My brain already hurts. At least Disney has a new Princess that could kick Snow White's ass.
Just let Michael Bay do it. Just kiddin' or am I? No I'm definitely just kidding. I have no idea who I would trust to do it. Whoever it turns out to be they'll need massive balls cause they have the potential of pissing off everyone if they mess it up. Even if they get it right they'll still get pissed on because the purists will inevitably find something wrong. My brain already hurts. At least Disney has a new Princess that could kick Snow White's ass.
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12:55PM on 11/12/2012
Abrams should stay away from Star Wars. Like Guillermo Del Toro or Christoper Nolan, he's now established himself as someone who should focus on original projects and be the NEXT George Lucas, James Cameron, or Steven Spielberg.

Watching 'Attack the Block' again last night I think I need to namedrop Joe Cornish as a contender. Or at least see John Boyega as a casting possibility. 'Moses' had a certain Han Solo quality to him.
Abrams should stay away from Star Wars. Like Guillermo Del Toro or Christoper Nolan, he's now established himself as someone who should focus on original projects and be the NEXT George Lucas, James Cameron, or Steven Spielberg.

Watching 'Attack the Block' again last night I think I need to namedrop Joe Cornish as a contender. Or at least see John Boyega as a casting possibility. 'Moses' had a certain Han Solo quality to him.
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2:07PM on 11/12/2012
Joe Cornish? Star Wars? Now THAT'S funny...

And the 'Moses' comment: you had me in stitches at that. You should be a writer for this site. Then everyone could tear apart your ridiculous comments en masse...
Joe Cornish? Star Wars? Now THAT'S funny...

And the 'Moses' comment: you had me in stitches at that. You should be a writer for this site. Then everyone could tear apart your ridiculous comments en masse...
12:43PM on 11/12/2012
Ooo K. Interesting, I guess.

Boy, people who hate J.J.'s Trek flick will have a field day w/ this.
Ooo K. Interesting, I guess.

Boy, people who hate J.J.'s Trek flick will have a field day w/ this.
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