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Who Will Direct The ‘Star Wars’ Sequels?


Disney’s purchase of LucasFilm has resurrected fan interest in Star Wars. Speculation is already rampant about what the film will look like, when it will take place, and who will direct it. 

Years ago, it might not have seemed as important who directed the films. After all — relative unknowns Irvin Kershner and Richard Marquand directed The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi respectively. George Lucas usually got the credit for his vision, until people got a load of the prequel trilogy and realized that perhaps the person in the director’s chair was more important. 

In that case, who is on the short list for head honcho on set? The Hollywood Reporter has some ideas — here are the most likely. 

  • Brad Bird — The director of The Incredibles, The Iron Giant and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol has worked closely with Disney through Pixar for years and has shown he can make an action movie with heart. 
  • Duncan Jones — If you don’t know who Duncan Jones his, you probably know him by his original name: Zowie Bowie. David Bowie’s son directed the sci-fi films Moon and Source Code, and if his sensibility is anything like his father’s, he’d be perfect for Star Wars
  • Drew Goddard — An apprentice to Joss Whedon, he wrote and directed the meta-horror commentary Cabin in the Woods this past summer. Goddard clearly understands genre pictures and their rules, so he’d surely at least get the tone and feel of Star Wars sequels right. 
No matter who is chosen, the most important thing for producers to understand is that they should pick someone young enough to have grown up with Star Wars. If they’re going to recapture the magic of the original trilogy (and avoid alienating fans the way the prequels did), it’s their only hope.