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What direction would Joss Whedon take Star Wars: Episode VII?

Mar. 11, 2013by:

Joss Whedon was once in the running to direct STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, so why not ask him what he would do with the series?

Most of the rumors surrounding the next episode have revolved around the return of original cast members: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. There's also talk that the story could possibly follow the children of Luke, Han and Leia. Right now, all we have is a confirmation from George Lucas that the original members of the cast are already signed on. Will the film focus on them? Or will it have another focus?

When Digital Spy asked Whedon what he'd like to see in the next film, he said this:/p>

You know, I wouldn't go back, I'd go forward. I would want to create characters that would resonate the way that they did.

And you know what? Maybe J.J. Abrams will. I agree that creating and building characters that had such a profound affect on filmgoers and pop culture is a key move. The best way to show respect towards something that is already treasured, in my opinion, is to build on that and make it a story that has a heart. Don't try to remake what you've already seen.

Abrams did excellent with STAR TREK, so I'd say he has a fair chance of creating a film within the universe that people will really love and enjoy.

Source: Digital Spy

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8:45PM on 03/11/2013
".......and then kill them off."
".......and then kill them off."
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7:04AM on 03/12/2013
R.I.P. Winifred Burkle, Agent Phil Coulson & Hoban "Wash" Wasburne. You are missed
R.I.P. Winifred Burkle, Agent Phil Coulson & Hoban "Wash" Wasburne. You are missed
8:21AM on 03/12/2013
I don't understand the love for Agent Colson. I found him kind of stale and bland as a character.
I don't understand the love for Agent Colson. I found him kind of stale and bland as a character.
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1:42AM on 03/12/2013
why is this a news story
boring question , boring answer....
"what would you do for the new star wars movies, the ones that take place in the future-like, after the old ones, and even after the newer old ones."

"I'd go forward."
why is this a news story
boring question , boring answer....
"what would you do for the new star wars movies, the ones that take place in the future-like, after the old ones, and even after the newer old ones."

"I'd go forward."
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1:46AM on 03/12/2013
I watched I, II and III this weekend. Curious to see them again after all the recent hype.
The dialog is gut wrenchingly bad. I almost don't care what story they come up with, but please write decent dialog. Please give the characters some humanity.
The CGI guys will make pretty spaceships and monsters. I don't doubt that. Just give me someone to like.
I watched I, II and III this weekend. Curious to see them again after all the recent hype.
The dialog is gut wrenchingly bad. I almost don't care what story they come up with, but please write decent dialog. Please give the characters some humanity.
The CGI guys will make pretty spaceships and monsters. I don't doubt that. Just give me someone to like.
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11:02PM on 03/11/2013

J.J. Abrams. The Peacemaker...

Bringing Star Wars fanboys and Trekkies together. lol
Bringing Star Wars fanboys and Trekkies together. lol
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9:00PM on 03/11/2013
I'd like to see Abrams mix the old with the new. I think we need the original cast to have a significant part of the story and at the same time have the new cast in more of a supporting role with them taking the lead as the movie progresses. I really think killing off one or 2 of the original cast is going to be almost a necessity to get the new cast over. Hammil isnt that old where he couldn't be in the entire trilogy, he's only 61. If he got in decent shape he could pull it off as one of the
I'd like to see Abrams mix the old with the new. I think we need the original cast to have a significant part of the story and at the same time have the new cast in more of a supporting role with them taking the lead as the movie progresses. I really think killing off one or 2 of the original cast is going to be almost a necessity to get the new cast over. Hammil isnt that old where he couldn't be in the entire trilogy, he's only 61. If he got in decent shape he could pull it off as one of the lead characters. But tell me everyone isnt going to get massive chills seeing Luke fire up his green lightsabre for the 1st time in some 30 yrs.
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9:35PM on 03/11/2013
Yeah, as much as I love the characters of Luke, Leia, and Han, I can see that bringing them back is going to cause a lot of fan backlash. Some fans don't want to see these characters 30 years older. For those that do, some seem to want to kill them off to make room for new characters, but that just doesn't sit right with me. I think Abrams will make a good film, but he better realize there is no way he's going to please everyone (which I guess could also be true for Star Trek).
Yeah, as much as I love the characters of Luke, Leia, and Han, I can see that bringing them back is going to cause a lot of fan backlash. Some fans don't want to see these characters 30 years older. For those that do, some seem to want to kill them off to make room for new characters, but that just doesn't sit right with me. I think Abrams will make a good film, but he better realize there is no way he's going to please everyone (which I guess could also be true for Star Trek).
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12:24PM on 03/12/2013
Not exactly "Man Lands on Moon" stuff, but I do agree with Whedon.

If Luke/Leia/Han are in it, they should be minor characters. Mentor types, Obi-Wan/Mon Mothma/Admiral Ackbar types. We need new characters. We need a new story, where we don't know how it's going to end. Hell I'd avoid the Sith all together.

Also, what's with the Whedon lashout below? Dude is fantastic. All of his television shows were great, with Dollhouse being the only wobbly exception. And even that show got pretty
Not exactly "Man Lands on Moon" stuff, but I do agree with Whedon.

If Luke/Leia/Han are in it, they should be minor characters. Mentor types, Obi-Wan/Mon Mothma/Admiral Ackbar types. We need new characters. We need a new story, where we don't know how it's going to end. Hell I'd avoid the Sith all together.

Also, what's with the Whedon lashout below? Dude is fantastic. All of his television shows were great, with Dollhouse being the only wobbly exception. And even that show got pretty damn good halfway through season 1. Avengers was an incredible achievement by virtue of not only being fun as hell, but having heart, having a ton of character moments, and by simply not being the train wreck many thought it would be.

Plus the dude is basically captain of the good ship "Marvel" right now, and he's doing a bang-up job.
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1:21PM on 03/12/2013
Wow. This is the closest I've ever seen a Strikeback to resembling an AICN Talk Back. Keep up the good work, people...
Wow. This is the closest I've ever seen a Strikeback to resembling an AICN Talk Back. Keep up the good work, people...
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9:30PM on 03/11/2013
Joss Whedon's Star Wars: Han Solo is murdered and his bickering children decide to put their feelings aside and join forces with Uncle Lando to seek revenge on the murderer after they discover Lando Calrissian collector cards on the corpse of their beloved father.
Joss Whedon's Star Wars: Han Solo is murdered and his bickering children decide to put their feelings aside and join forces with Uncle Lando to seek revenge on the murderer after they discover Lando Calrissian collector cards on the corpse of their beloved father.
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10:51PM on 03/11/2013
omg lmao very funny
omg lmao very funny
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11:47AM on 03/12/2013

Who cares?

Who cares what Joss Whedon would've done? Let's ask him what direction he would take the "Alien" series too. Oh wait......that's right, "Alien Resurrection".
Fanboys will do to Whedon what they did to Lucas. Whedon is talented and has done good things in Hollywood but he has a long way to go before he gets to greatness. J.J. Abrams is almost there.
Who cares what Joss Whedon would've done? Let's ask him what direction he would take the "Alien" series too. Oh wait......that's right, "Alien Resurrection".
Fanboys will do to Whedon what they did to Lucas. Whedon is talented and has done good things in Hollywood but he has a long way to go before he gets to greatness. J.J. Abrams is almost there.
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9:03PM on 03/11/2013
I think Abrams understands the need for a fresh start. He managed to pull it off within the Star Trek universe. Star Wars doesnt offer the same "reboot" possibilities while still keeping it within the realm of the previous films, but I am sure JJ knows that he has to firmly start a new epic and not just continue on from an old one.
I think Abrams understands the need for a fresh start. He managed to pull it off within the Star Trek universe. Star Wars doesnt offer the same "reboot" possibilities while still keeping it within the realm of the previous films, but I am sure JJ knows that he has to firmly start a new epic and not just continue on from an old one.
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11:54AM on 03/12/2013

Now tracking and reporting all of Joss Whedon?

"I'd go forward"
No shit! Really?
Are we now tracking every single move and sound Whedon makes?
"I'd go forward"
No shit! Really?
Are we now tracking every single move and sound Whedon makes?
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5:43PM on 03/12/2013
Lando. Need Lando.
Lando. Need Lando.
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9:32AM on 03/12/2013

Joss Whedon was once in the running?

Just because you spent the better part of 3 months putting out an article saying a different director would possibly be directing the new Star Wars, without any hard facts, doesn't mean he was necessarily in the running to direct. The only official statement that came from Lucasfilm/Disney about who would be directing was that JJ Abrams would be directing. C'mon man!
Just because you spent the better part of 3 months putting out an article saying a different director would possibly be directing the new Star Wars, without any hard facts, doesn't mean he was necessarily in the running to direct. The only official statement that came from Lucasfilm/Disney about who would be directing was that JJ Abrams would be directing. C'mon man!
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11:22AM on 03/12/2013
lol
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9:29AM on 03/12/2013

Joss Whedon was once in the running?

Just because you spent the better part of 3 months putting out an article saying a different director would possibly be directing the new Star Wars, without any hard facts, doesn't mean he was necessarily in the running to direct. The only official statement that came from Lucasfilm/Disney about who would be directing was that JJ Abrams would be directing. C'mon man!
Just because you spent the better part of 3 months putting out an article saying a different director would possibly be directing the new Star Wars, without any hard facts, doesn't mean he was necessarily in the running to direct. The only official statement that came from Lucasfilm/Disney about who would be directing was that JJ Abrams would be directing. C'mon man!
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9:49PM on 03/11/2013
Mind blowing
Mind blowing
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9:23AM on 03/12/2013

Who's this Joss Whedon?

I can't recall anything he's done well. Ah, there was that 'Buffy' film that I found to be far superior to the television series. Then again I did slightly enjoy 'Firefly' but felt that it was incredibly overrated and severely flawed.
I can't recall anything he's done well. Ah, there was that 'Buffy' film that I found to be far superior to the television series. Then again I did slightly enjoy 'Firefly' but felt that it was incredibly overrated and severely flawed.
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12:26PM on 03/12/2013
A troll?! On the internet?! WHAAAAA!?!?!
A troll?! On the internet?! WHAAAAA!?!?!
9:32PM on 03/11/2013
Direction awesome?
Direction awesome?
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9:22AM on 03/12/2013

would like to add

also its episode 7. its pretty much the skywalker story so to totally change it and not have them in it in any capasity is retarded like wheaton himself.
also its episode 7. its pretty much the skywalker story so to totally change it and not have them in it in any capasity is retarded like wheaton himself.
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9:44PM on 03/11/2013
Triple post.
Triple post.
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9:44PM on 03/11/2013
Double post.
Double post.
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9:23PM on 03/11/2013
JJ Abrams and Joss Whedon should just direct every new Sci-Fi franchise. It seems like it the way it's going.

But I trust Abrams to give us a great new Star Wars film that stands on its own but also pays tribute to the old Star Wars films.
JJ Abrams and Joss Whedon should just direct every new Sci-Fi franchise. It seems like it the way it's going.

But I trust Abrams to give us a great new Star Wars film that stands on its own but also pays tribute to the old Star Wars films.
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6:52AM on 03/12/2013
everything wheadon has been involved in aprt from toy story is either crap or overrated.
everything wheadon has been involved in aprt from toy story is either crap or overrated.
9:32AM on 03/12/2013
That's exactly what I don't want to see. I don't want Abrams to spend his time trying to pay tribute to past movies, that's what Singer did and we ended up with Superman Returns. I'd rather he takes time to make sure his movie matches in tone to the original trilogy, but make the story his own. Take the franchise in a fresh direction, I refuse to believe that 30 years later the galaxy is still up in arms over Darth Vader and the Emperor...
That's exactly what I don't want to see. I don't want Abrams to spend his time trying to pay tribute to past movies, that's what Singer did and we ended up with Superman Returns. I'd rather he takes time to make sure his movie matches in tone to the original trilogy, but make the story his own. Take the franchise in a fresh direction, I refuse to believe that 30 years later the galaxy is still up in arms over Darth Vader and the Emperor...
12:03AM on 03/12/2013

"I would want to create characters" "And you know what? Maybe J.J. Abrams will."

but he probably won't... because anybody who has followed whedon and abrams knows that this is the key difference between the two.

Whedon can write characters that you'd swear you went to high school with. Abrams cannot. Sure, abrams can put someone else's characters into a pretty tight, coherent story, but creating a universe that resonates? Sorry but i don't think that's gonna happen.
but he probably won't... because anybody who has followed whedon and abrams knows that this is the key difference between the two.

Whedon can write characters that you'd swear you went to high school with. Abrams cannot. Sure, abrams can put someone else's characters into a pretty tight, coherent story, but creating a universe that resonates? Sorry but i don't think that's gonna happen.
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2:30AM on 03/12/2013
Ya i totally think bringing Ford, Fisher & Hamill back is the most ridiculous thing ever, if its for continuity reasons than its a slap in the face & mainly a reason to have a bigger audience. This series is already well established enough to be a hit no matter who stars in it. I agree with Whedon sayin it's better to move forward. Plus the characters may not be 35 years older but the actors certainly are & maybe only Ford could handle the physicality of making another.
Ya i totally think bringing Ford, Fisher & Hamill back is the most ridiculous thing ever, if its for continuity reasons than its a slap in the face & mainly a reason to have a bigger audience. This series is already well established enough to be a hit no matter who stars in it. I agree with Whedon sayin it's better to move forward. Plus the characters may not be 35 years older but the actors certainly are & maybe only Ford could handle the physicality of making another.
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1:47AM on 03/12/2013

Don't think so Whedon.

Whedon sounds like a modern corporate hack, all too eager to destroy the past rather than respect it, wanting to tear it down to make way for some cool, hip now version.
He obviously doesn't understand that Star Wars IS NOTHING without the characters of Luke, Han and Leia, at least at this point anyway.
Let this trilogy naturally bridge between old and new characters for further films beyond 7,8,9 rather than go at the old trilogy with a chainsaw.
This is what worries me when it comes to
Whedon sounds like a modern corporate hack, all too eager to destroy the past rather than respect it, wanting to tear it down to make way for some cool, hip now version.
He obviously doesn't understand that Star Wars IS NOTHING without the characters of Luke, Han and Leia, at least at this point anyway.
Let this trilogy naturally bridge between old and new characters for further films beyond 7,8,9 rather than go at the old trilogy with a chainsaw.
This is what worries me when it comes to the selection of some directors with cherished film property. The idea that everything needs to be shiny new, that the old version must be treated as broken and in need of repair.

I'm now rambling...
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8:34AM on 03/12/2013
Why so mad? Did he sleep with your mom?
Why so mad? Did he sleep with your mom?
9:19AM on 03/12/2013
totally agree with you. plus i doubt luke, leia and han will be no more than long cameos. they could even get killed off.

ps wheaton would turn thiz into boring trash with shit action.
totally agree with you. plus i doubt luke, leia and han will be no more than long cameos. they could even get killed off.

ps wheaton would turn thiz into boring trash with shit action.
11:30AM on 03/12/2013
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WHEDON... WHE.DON'T, for fuck sake !
Wheaton is the actor who played that annoying ass in the early seasons of ST:TNG !!!
As of Whedon for SW VII, I too would have feared he'd kill the old cast, as much as I like the guy...
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WHEDON... WHE.DON'T, for fuck sake !
Wheaton is the actor who played that annoying ass in the early seasons of ST:TNG !!!
As of Whedon for SW VII, I too would have feared he'd kill the old cast, as much as I like the guy...
6:30AM on 03/12/2013

fuck this wheaton prick

he is a total douche. i hate mostthings hes done. the avengers was ok but its nire overrated than the dark knight. he made angel for Christ sake he should be hung!!! oh and im glad hes gonnabe nowhere near star wars, he would turn it into such a bland movie.
he is a total douche. i hate mostthings hes done. the avengers was ok but its nire overrated than the dark knight. he made angel for Christ sake he should be hung!!! oh and im glad hes gonnabe nowhere near star wars, he would turn it into such a bland movie.
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11:25AM on 03/12/2013
ah sir,.......it's Whedon
ah sir,.......it's Whedon
11:48AM on 03/12/2013
"The Avengers" was terribly overrated. Good popcorn flick and that's it!
"The Avengers" was terribly overrated. Good popcorn flick and that's it!
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