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Is Michelle MacLaren being eyed to direct the 2nd Star Wars anthology film?

06.15.2015
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Jon Favreau (but not Matthew Vaughn; more on that below) might still be circling the second Star Wars Anthology film, but of course he's not the only filmmaker eyeing the project, and he definitely is not the only one possibly being considered by LucasFilm and Disney to helm the movie. During the latest episode of the Meet the Movie Press podcast, The Wrap's Jeff Sneider said former WONDER WOMAN director Michelle MacLaren has had a meeting about directing the planned film. MacLaren hasn't apparently had any formal talks yet about replacing Josh Trank on the Star Wars spinoff, but she still may be up for the job.

During the podcast, it was also revealed that Matthew Vaughn is no longer interested in directing the film, which will probably be about Boba Fett. Personally I was really hoping Vaughn would join the Star Wars family, but maybe this means he'll be behind the camera for the KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE sequel.

Although I'm not against Michelle MacLaren directing, I will be a little disappointed if she does land the gig, but only because I would have loved to see what Matthew Vaughn would have done with a Star Wars flick. This is why you shouldn't get too excited about rumors. Do you want MacLaren to direct the spinoff, or do you think there are better options out there for the project?

The second Star Wars Anthology movie is set to open in 2018.

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10:54AM on 06/15/2015
Star Wars is in better hands without Matthew Vaughn's direction.
Star Wars is in better hands without Matthew Vaughn's direction.
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10:23AM on 06/15/2015
I am glad Vaughn passed on doing Star Wars. I would rather see the Kingsman sequel, as others have mentioned. The way I see it, many directors are capable of making a good Star Wars movie, but there are very few able to make a film like Kingsman. Vaughn knows how to balance violence, dark humor, and crude content and bring a sense of unadulterated fun that holds up nicely to critical scrutiny. I don't think many people realize that his movies are not only fun, but well constructed
I am glad Vaughn passed on doing Star Wars. I would rather see the Kingsman sequel, as others have mentioned. The way I see it, many directors are capable of making a good Star Wars movie, but there are very few able to make a film like Kingsman. Vaughn knows how to balance violence, dark humor, and crude content and bring a sense of unadulterated fun that holds up nicely to critical scrutiny. I don't think many people realize that his movies are not only fun, but well constructed narratively and brilliantly directed. I read many claims that it's a "turn-off-your-brain" movie, but unlike other action films, it actually works if you leave your brain on. That is difficult to accomplish, proven by Jeff Wadlow's failed attempt to make a sequel to Vaughn's Kick-Ass.

I also finally saw Stardust and that movie catapulted Vaughn to the top of the list of my favorite filmmakers. That movie was breathtaking. It left me amazed. If you have yet to see it, watch it! It's on Netflix for those who have it.
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10:09AM on 06/15/2015
Would have no problem with her directing, but would still like to see what Favreau could do with Bobba Fett.

And I'm glad Vaughn passed on it. Let him focus on the Kinsman sequel without any distractions.
Would have no problem with her directing, but would still like to see what Favreau could do with Bobba Fett.

And I'm glad Vaughn passed on it. Let him focus on the Kinsman sequel without any distractions.
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9:42AM on 06/15/2015

She's an excellent director with some great TV credits

If she does end up part of the STAR WARS family, Warner Bros. will regret pushing her out of WONDER WOMAN.
If she does end up part of the STAR WARS family, Warner Bros. will regret pushing her out of WONDER WOMAN.
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9:37AM on 06/15/2015
Personally, and no slight to Matthew Vaughn, I think he's better off not working on Star Wars. It's like what Brad Bird said about not taking the job, it's going to get made anyway. I'd just rather seen him work on his own projects.
Personally, and no slight to Matthew Vaughn, I think he's better off not working on Star Wars. It's like what Brad Bird said about not taking the job, it's going to get made anyway. I'd just rather seen him work on his own projects.
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