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Did Matthew Vaughn drop out of X-Men: Days of Future Past so that he could direct Star Wars: Episode VII?

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As soon as the announcement was made that STAR WARS: EPISODE VII was coming in 2015, many of us were concerned that it was an unrealistic release date. But, with George Lucas stating that the script treatments were outlined and ready to go, it seemed that the films were further along than anticipated. So, the rumor mills have begun churning with possible names for screenwriters and directors who could make STAR WARS: EPISODE VII the chapter we have all been waiting for.

Combine that status with the rumor posted by Collider that director Matthew Vaughn may be in negotiations with Lucasfilm (or is it Disney-LucasFilm?) to direct STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and you have yourself some meaty gossip.

It all seems to fit into place: STAR WARS is being taken away from 20th Century Fox which is where the X-MEN franchise is produced. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST is lining up to be one hell of a project, but if the chance to direct STAR WARS comes your way, you choose STAR WARS. Vaughn knows comic book adaptations pretty well and that is a great background for making a STAR WARS movie. Plus, Vaughn's alternate project to X-MEN, THE SECRET SERVICE, just nabbed Mark Hamill. Could just be a coincidence or it could be the perfect warm-up to making EPISODE VII.

Collider also theorizes that Vaughn could be brought in for more than one film. I would like to see three different directors bring their own flair to each chapter, but I would not be opposed to bringing Vaughn back if the movie is successful. Vaughn is adept at handling ensemble casts, as evidenced by X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, so he should be a natural for EPISODE VII.

Whether this turns out to be true or just a rumor, it is definitely not too early to begin these discussions. To make a 2015 release for a project of this magnitude, they would need the screenplay finished by mid-2013 at the latest with an eye to complete casting by the end of 2013. Filming would have to begin in early 2014 so sufficient post-production can be done to the movie. All of this assumes a summer 2015 release, which would conflict with THE AVENGERS sequel, so that would buy more time. Either way, they need to get the key members in place as soon as possible.

Other rumored names floating around the internet include Darren Aronofsky, Steven Spielberg, Joss Whedon, Neill Blomkamp, Alfonso Cuaron, Drew Goddard, David Fincher, and Joseph Kosinski.

What do you think about Matthew Vaughn helming STAR WARS: EPISODE VII?

Extra Tidbit: I would also like to see David Fincher or Alfonso Cuaron take the job.
Source: Collider

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3:36PM on 11/05/2012
Matthew Vaughn possibly directing the next STAR WARS movie and now Warner Bros. has just announced a new MORTAL KOMBAT movie. What a day!
Matthew Vaughn possibly directing the next STAR WARS movie and now Warner Bros. has just announced a new MORTAL KOMBAT movie. What a day!
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3:51PM on 11/05/2012

Kevin Smith...

...should be the director of episode 7 in my opinion. From a kid to now, he is a huge of Star Wars and I feel he could really give the fans what we want while giving respect to the original films.
...should be the director of episode 7 in my opinion. From a kid to now, he is a huge of Star Wars and I feel he could really give the fans what we want while giving respect to the original films.
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5:28PM on 11/05/2012
I think smith would write an awesome star wars film but no way he would direct it, something of this magnitude is way over his head and I'm sure smith would say the same thing.
I think smith would write an awesome star wars film but no way he would direct it, something of this magnitude is way over his head and I'm sure smith would say the same thing.
4:32PM on 11/05/2012

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The release date is locked in. There's no way Disney would go for someone like Fincher or Aronofsky who would demand a lot of creative control. I doubt Spielberg would be interested. The only real contenders on that list are Vaughn, Kosinski and Cuaron I think.
The release date is locked in. There's no way Disney would go for someone like Fincher or Aronofsky who would demand a lot of creative control. I doubt Spielberg would be interested. The only real contenders on that list are Vaughn, Kosinski and Cuaron I think.
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4:39PM on 11/05/2012

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The release date is locked in. There's no way Disney would go for someone like Fincher or Aronofsky who would demand a lot of creative control. I doubt Spielberg would be interested. The only real contenders on that list are Vaughn, Kosinski and Cuaron I think.
The release date is locked in. There's no way Disney would go for someone like Fincher or Aronofsky who would demand a lot of creative control. I doubt Spielberg would be interested. The only real contenders on that list are Vaughn, Kosinski and Cuaron I think.
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4:57PM on 11/05/2012

That's what I'm talking about!

Despite it just being a rumour at this point...I would be very excited to see this. Vaughn's name was the first that popped into my head, over some of the more notable candidates. If anyone remembers seeing Vaughn's Sight and Sound Top 10 list, Star Wars was listed on it. He's got the sensibilities, passion, and talent you want for something like a new Star Wars flick.
Despite it just being a rumour at this point...I would be very excited to see this. Vaughn's name was the first that popped into my head, over some of the more notable candidates. If anyone remembers seeing Vaughn's Sight and Sound Top 10 list, Star Wars was listed on it. He's got the sensibilities, passion, and talent you want for something like a new Star Wars flick.
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5:01PM on 11/05/2012
Sorry but not a fan of Vaughn. I thought First Class was saved by a great cast but not particularly well directed and Stardust was disappointing. Layer Cake is great and Kick-Ass fun, but at the moment I think I'd like him more directing a new James Bond film than a new Star Wars.
Sorry but not a fan of Vaughn. I thought First Class was saved by a great cast but not particularly well directed and Stardust was disappointing. Layer Cake is great and Kick-Ass fun, but at the moment I think I'd like him more directing a new James Bond film than a new Star Wars.
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5:11PM on 11/05/2012
I think Vaughn would be an adequate choice, but definitely not the most inspired. I'm still hoping that Brad Bird pops up into the conversation at some point.
I think Vaughn would be an adequate choice, but definitely not the most inspired. I'm still hoping that Brad Bird pops up into the conversation at some point.
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5:43PM on 11/05/2012

Hate on him all you want, but...

...Spielberg would make a great Star Wars movie, for all the obvious reasons. Yeah, he made Crystal Skull, but I'm inclined to blame Lucas more than Spielberg for that one. I think Stevie would have the right approach for a Star Wars movie, and he's as much a veteran as Lucas so it's a more assured choice for such a blockbuster franchise.
...Spielberg would make a great Star Wars movie, for all the obvious reasons. Yeah, he made Crystal Skull, but I'm inclined to blame Lucas more than Spielberg for that one. I think Stevie would have the right approach for a Star Wars movie, and he's as much a veteran as Lucas so it's a more assured choice for such a blockbuster franchise.
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5:44PM on 11/05/2012
thankfully he'd quit before production
thankfully he'd quit before production
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6:55PM on 11/05/2012
It takes a lot of balls to take this film. The people dont want a good Star Wars film. We want three GREAT Star Wars films. There is so much hype and so much extra stuff that comes with Star Wars. I really like Matthew Vaughn, but until the news breaks that someone signed the dotted line and is in the chair, I'm keeping my ear to the ground because I didn't see this coming and I personally could never in a million years pick someone to take over the series. If he gets it, I wish him the
It takes a lot of balls to take this film. The people dont want a good Star Wars film. We want three GREAT Star Wars films. There is so much hype and so much extra stuff that comes with Star Wars. I really like Matthew Vaughn, but until the news breaks that someone signed the dotted line and is in the chair, I'm keeping my ear to the ground because I didn't see this coming and I personally could never in a million years pick someone to take over the series. If he gets it, I wish him the absolute best since its a hellstorm to take on.
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3:42PM on 11/06/2012
Here, here!
Here, here!
7:02PM on 11/05/2012
Still a dick move on Vaughn's part but I understand.

Singer should hopefully show him a thing or two behind the lens.
Still a dick move on Vaughn's part but I understand.

Singer should hopefully show him a thing or two behind the lens.
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7:59PM on 11/05/2012

Sweet

He was on my short list (Top 3)!
Think David Yates or Mr. Bird would know it out of the park too. But Vaughn definitely could bring some EMPIRE type vibes to this thing. Yub, yub!
He was on my short list (Top 3)!
Think David Yates or Mr. Bird would know it out of the park too. But Vaughn definitely could bring some EMPIRE type vibes to this thing. Yub, yub!
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8:08PM on 11/05/2012
Whoever it is, I think you need a director who wants to do the whole trilogy. Star Wars needs that continuity to make the story flow. I know the original trilogy had different directors, but other than that think about the greatest trilogies. Back to the Future, LOTR, Dark Knight, Godfather. What do they all have in common? The same director sees the story through beginning to end.
Whoever it is, I think you need a director who wants to do the whole trilogy. Star Wars needs that continuity to make the story flow. I know the original trilogy had different directors, but other than that think about the greatest trilogies. Back to the Future, LOTR, Dark Knight, Godfather. What do they all have in common? The same director sees the story through beginning to end.
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8:15PM on 11/05/2012
not the right director for this
not the right director for this
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8:16PM on 11/05/2012

None of these

Darren Aronofsky, Steven Spielberg, Joss Whedon, Neill Blomkamp, Alfonso Cuaron, Drew Goddard, David Fincher, and Joseph Kosinski. None of these are right for star wars, though I could see Goddard writing it.
Darren Aronofsky, Steven Spielberg, Joss Whedon, Neill Blomkamp, Alfonso Cuaron, Drew Goddard, David Fincher, and Joseph Kosinski. None of these are right for star wars, though I could see Goddard writing it.
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8:59PM on 11/05/2012
As much as I like STAR WARS movies, I donīt think the material is so intellectual or artistic to search directors like Aronofsky, Singer or Cuaron or even Vaughn. I can see Spielberg because heīs Lucas friend and knows the universe. I can see Whedon and even Jon Favreau. I donīt want STAR WARS films to be converted in Nollanīs BATMAN, donīt want them to be serious. I want it to be a big sci fi adventure flick. We need Brad Bird or the guy who made JOHN CARTER (also a PIXAR director) wich name I
As much as I like STAR WARS movies, I donīt think the material is so intellectual or artistic to search directors like Aronofsky, Singer or Cuaron or even Vaughn. I can see Spielberg because heīs Lucas friend and knows the universe. I can see Whedon and even Jon Favreau. I donīt want STAR WARS films to be converted in Nollanīs BATMAN, donīt want them to be serious. I want it to be a big sci fi adventure flick. We need Brad Bird or the guy who made JOHN CARTER (also a PIXAR director) wich name I donīt remember.
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9:35PM on 11/05/2012
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11:08PM on 11/05/2012

Spielberg!

If you really don't think Steven Spielberg could make a great Star Wars movie you might be retarded. Cuaron, Peter Jackson, Del Toro, Ridley Scott, Whedon, Blomkamp and Ron Howard(Willow was frinkin awesome and the story was by Lucas and produced by Lucas.
If you really don't think Steven Spielberg could make a great Star Wars movie you might be retarded. Cuaron, Peter Jackson, Del Toro, Ridley Scott, Whedon, Blomkamp and Ron Howard(Willow was frinkin awesome and the story was by Lucas and produced by Lucas.
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11:34PM on 11/05/2012

I sense a disturbance in the force. Vaughn, hell no!

This is the first bad news/rumor about Episode VII so far. "Kick Ass" was an awful film, and "X-Men: First Class" was so so. Vaughn hasn't proven himself as a great director, and right now "Star Wars" needs a great filmmaker. Listen, give Episode VII to the director who was suppose to direct "Return of the Jedi", Steven Spielberg. I can't think of any better director more deserving of directing a "Star Wars" film. Pick a huge "Star Wars" fan and lover to make the film. Steven Spielberg all the
This is the first bad news/rumor about Episode VII so far. "Kick Ass" was an awful film, and "X-Men: First Class" was so so. Vaughn hasn't proven himself as a great director, and right now "Star Wars" needs a great filmmaker. Listen, give Episode VII to the director who was suppose to direct "Return of the Jedi", Steven Spielberg. I can't think of any better director more deserving of directing a "Star Wars" film. Pick a huge "Star Wars" fan and lover to make the film. Steven Spielberg all the way!
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4:26AM on 11/06/2012
Vaughn is a dick. He's talented, and I loved X-Men : First Class, but he has this shitty tendency to drop projects midway and jump onto something more lucrative. Wasn't he supposed to direct X-Men 3, and then Kick-Ass 2, and then Days Of Future Past? See, he's a fickle-minded dick with no commitment whatsoever. Give Star Wars to Spielberg or Brad Bird or Gore Verbinski. You know, people who can actually stick around.
Vaughn is a dick. He's talented, and I loved X-Men : First Class, but he has this shitty tendency to drop projects midway and jump onto something more lucrative. Wasn't he supposed to direct X-Men 3, and then Kick-Ass 2, and then Days Of Future Past? See, he's a fickle-minded dick with no commitment whatsoever. Give Star Wars to Spielberg or Brad Bird or Gore Verbinski. You know, people who can actually stick around.
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11:07AM on 11/06/2012
Will people stop talking about Steven Speilberg directing this? There is no way in hell that would happen. Star Wars was Lucas's baby, and his best friend (who has already butted-heads with him on his other big franchise) would be insane to try and take it over now. Too much of a risk for him personally and professionally. Besides, has Speilberg ever jumped into a pre-existing franchise? No. Because he doesn't need to, he's Steven MotherEffin' Speilberg!
Will people stop talking about Steven Speilberg directing this? There is no way in hell that would happen. Star Wars was Lucas's baby, and his best friend (who has already butted-heads with him on his other big franchise) would be insane to try and take it over now. Too much of a risk for him personally and professionally. Besides, has Speilberg ever jumped into a pre-existing franchise? No. Because he doesn't need to, he's Steven MotherEffin' Speilberg!
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11:40AM on 11/06/2012

After seeing Argo, I can only say: Give this to Ben Affleck

Maybe you all will think he doesn't have the chops for Star Wars, but his directing of Argo was phenomenal.
Maybe you all will think he doesn't have the chops for Star Wars, but his directing of Argo was phenomenal.
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