Everyone knows by now that Disney has purchased Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion and that a new ‘Star Wars’ movie is in the pipeline for 2015. Since then, everyone’s been weighing in on the acquisition (including me) and speculating on what the storyline of the new trilogy could be. But the biggest question out there is who will helm this new chapter of ‘Star Wars’ mythology and lead the franchise into a new generation now that George Lucas is only acting as a creative consultant.
Collider has it on good authority that Matthew Vaughn, the director of ‘X-Men: First Class’ and ‘Kick-ass’ and who recently dropped out of directing ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’, is in talks with Lucasfilm about directing ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’. Though the writer of the piece explains that this rumor has not been 100% confirmed, he makes a pretty compelling argument as to why this makes sense.
First, Vaughn dropped out of the sequel to his successful X-Men film rather abruptly and handed the reins over to Bryan Singer. It was a weird move since former head of 20th Century Fox Tom Rothman, who is known to be a micro-manager on some films, had recently resigned, which means that Vaughn probably would have had more creative control on the film. Something big would have had to draw him away. While Mark Millar’s ‘The Secret Service’ may be highly anticipated, I don’t see it being big enough to make the director leave the X-Men.Then, there’s the fact that Vaughn is a writer/director just like George Lucas. He worked on the scripts of some of his most successful movies with collaborator Jane Goldman. If he were hired, the production would be gaining someone who could address script issues on set, which would have been a nice thing to have on the sets of the prequels.
Finally, Vaughn revitalized a franchise before. X-Men was at an all-time low after ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’, but he resurrected it and brought it back to its former glory. Maybe he can do the same for ‘Star Wars’.
While this is still just a rumor, it’s one that I really hope ends up being true. Matthew Vaughn is a great director and he has just the sort of talent that could make one of the greatest franchises in movie history good again.
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