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Would Joe Johnston be up for directing Star Wars: Episode VII?

Nov. 13, 2012by: Niki Stephens

Probably by the end of next week, we will have an opinion on who should helm STAR WARS: EPISODE VII from every director in Hollywood. One director I haven't heard anyone suggest is Joe Johnston, which is a surprise since the guy did work for George Lucas for awhile. He was also responsible for creating Boba Fett's costume.

Johnston said this about the design in "Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays":

"I painted Boba's outfit and tried to make it look like it was made of different pieces of armor. It was a symmetrical design, but I painted it in such a way that it looked like he had scavenged parts and had done some personalizing of his costume; he had little trophies hanging from his belt, and he had little braids of hair, almost like a collection of scalps."

Johnston's start as concept artist and effects technician on the first STAR WARS film, as well as his directing career thus far should at least get his name thrown into the pool, right? But would he consider it?

Huffington Post asked Johnston the question and he answered, "A lot would depend on what 'it' is. I am very glad to see Lucasfilm cranking up to get productive again, regardless of who ends up doing it."

So you're saying there's a chance...

Regardless of his previous work with Lucas, I don't think he's the right fit for the project. I've enjoyed his films, but I think EPISODE VII needs a fresh director or at least someone a little more ambitious.

Source: HuffPoSfGate

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9:23PM on 11/13/2012
Horrible choice. I cant believe how overrated this director is. The guy hasnt made a great movie since 1995. JP3 was horrible, Hidalgo was mediocre, Wolfman was horrible, Captain America was mediocre. you get Joe Johnston youll get at best a decent movie that youve seen a hundred times before. No thanks.
Horrible choice. I cant believe how overrated this director is. The guy hasnt made a great movie since 1995. JP3 was horrible, Hidalgo was mediocre, Wolfman was horrible, Captain America was mediocre. you get Joe Johnston youll get at best a decent movie that youve seen a hundred times before. No thanks.
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12:15AM on 11/14/2012
October Sky came out in 99. It's a great film. It's in my top 10.
October Sky came out in 99. It's a great film. It's in my top 10.
12:17AM on 11/14/2012
You though Jumanji was great???????
You though Jumanji was great???????
3:27AM on 11/14/2012
Wolfman was horrible, JP3 was horrible, Hidalgo was mediocre, Captain America was mediocre? Seriously? Wolfman was by no means horrible, neither was JP3! Hidalgo was a GREAT movie, and so was Captain America! What have you been smokin? LOL
Wolfman was horrible, JP3 was horrible, Hidalgo was mediocre, Captain America was mediocre? Seriously? Wolfman was by no means horrible, neither was JP3! Hidalgo was a GREAT movie, and so was Captain America! What have you been smokin? LOL
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11:50PM on 11/13/2012

Boba Fett movie!

Johnston's been talking about his desire to make a Boba Fett movie for a long time now. I wouldn't pick him for Episode VII, but let him make his Boba Fett movie someday.
Johnston's been talking about his desire to make a Boba Fett movie for a long time now. I wouldn't pick him for Episode VII, but let him make his Boba Fett movie someday.
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10:34PM on 11/14/2012
Please stop asking this question.
Please stop asking this question.
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11:30AM on 11/14/2012
Joe hasn't made any blockbuster type movie that was more than just decent. They are mostly just okay films.
Joe hasn't made any blockbuster type movie that was more than just decent. They are mostly just okay films.
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7:20PM on 11/13/2012

The man created Boba Fett...

He's got my vote.
He's got my vote.
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6:43AM on 11/14/2012
They should place trust in someone young(er) and talented.
They should place trust in someone young(er) and talented.
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7:50PM on 11/13/2012
He did a great job with Captain America, kind of sad to see him not return. With that said he is more than capable of directing a new Star Wars, much better choice than some of the names I've heard tossed around.
He did a great job with Captain America, kind of sad to see him not return. With that said he is more than capable of directing a new Star Wars, much better choice than some of the names I've heard tossed around.
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1:55AM on 11/14/2012

Why not?

He seems like the most logical choice out of ALL the names I've seen so far.
He seems like the most logical choice out of ALL the names I've seen so far.
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8:46AM on 11/14/2012
Who is the chick in your avatar pic? Giggidy.
Who is the chick in your avatar pic? Giggidy.
11:52AM on 11/14/2012
That, Zohan, is Evangeline Lilly.
That, Zohan, is Evangeline Lilly.
11:05PM on 11/13/2012
I could see him doing this. He's one of the few directors left who knows how to make just fun movies. These days there seems to be a tendency to try to be dark and gritty, or deep, which is not Star Wars. Even Revenge of the Sith was for the most part just fun. If you can't get Spielberg, Favreau, or some Pixar alum, you could do worse.
I could see him doing this. He's one of the few directors left who knows how to make just fun movies. These days there seems to be a tendency to try to be dark and gritty, or deep, which is not Star Wars. Even Revenge of the Sith was for the most part just fun. If you can't get Spielberg, Favreau, or some Pixar alum, you could do worse.
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7:10PM on 11/13/2012
I think this could be great. Joe has a very clear visual style that I think will blend will with the star wars world, provided that the script is good.
I think this could be great. Joe has a very clear visual style that I think will blend will with the star wars world, provided that the script is good.
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1:48AM on 11/14/2012

I SAID JOE JOHNSTON!?

That was one of the main names I mentioned when you guys did that original question shortly after the announcement! Of course it makes some sense since he's an original Star Wars vet.
That was one of the main names I mentioned when you guys did that original question shortly after the announcement! Of course it makes some sense since he's an original Star Wars vet.
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11:24AM on 11/14/2012
Well that was a terrible suggestion.
Well that was a terrible suggestion.
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8:48PM on 11/13/2012
Captain America was such a bland, cookie-cutter, piece of shit movie. Before that, he directed Jurassic Park 3, which was an equally offensive puddle of dog vomit.
Captain America was such a bland, cookie-cutter, piece of shit movie. Before that, he directed Jurassic Park 3, which was an equally offensive puddle of dog vomit.
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8:58PM on 11/13/2012
Thank you for your opinion. Most people would disagree very strongly. I know I do.

Captain America had a strong visual style and a great spirit, lots of fun, a terrific adaptation of the material. I think Joe would be perfect for a new Star Wars movie.
Thank you for your opinion. Most people would disagree very strongly. I know I do.

Captain America had a strong visual style and a great spirit, lots of fun, a terrific adaptation of the material. I think Joe would be perfect for a new Star Wars movie.
8:59PM on 11/13/2012
Dog vomit?....That's the best you could come up with???
Dog vomit?....That's the best you could come up with???
9:33AM on 11/14/2012
AGREED, all these fanboys defend Captain America because they know it's the only Captain America they'll see, they're stuck with it because of the whole Marvel Universe now. Captain America was such a corny, boring, disappointing piece of shit. Every other Marvel Phase 1 was great but this was fucking stupid. Laser guns on tanks, so fucking dumb.
AGREED, all these fanboys defend Captain America because they know it's the only Captain America they'll see, they're stuck with it because of the whole Marvel Universe now. Captain America was such a corny, boring, disappointing piece of shit. Every other Marvel Phase 1 was great but this was fucking stupid. Laser guns on tanks, so fucking dumb.
3:44PM on 11/14/2012
@Filmbuff85, Why are laser guns on tanks dumb in a movie, and universe, about SUPERHEROES?!
@Filmbuff85, Why are laser guns on tanks dumb in a movie, and universe, about SUPERHEROES?!
12:30AM on 11/14/2012
I'm surprised Christopher Nolan's name hasn't been thrown into the mix.
I'm surprised Christopher Nolan's name hasn't been thrown into the mix.
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7:39AM on 11/14/2012
You mean aside from every single web site that's currently speculating about this?
You mean aside from every single web site that's currently speculating about this?
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8:57PM on 11/13/2012
I hope not. Captain America was okay, but we need someone who can make a coherent and epic blockbuster--not someone use to doing period pieces. My vote goes to Danny Boyle!
I hope not. Captain America was okay, but we need someone who can make a coherent and epic blockbuster--not someone use to doing period pieces. My vote goes to Danny Boyle!
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8:59PM on 11/13/2012
Danny Boyle???....He's a great director, but not for a film like this.
Danny Boyle???....He's a great director, but not for a film like this.
11:01PM on 11/13/2012
I thought Star Wars was kind of a period piece.
I thought Star Wars was kind of a period piece.
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