There has been a firestorm of speculation on who will direct Star Wars: Episode VII ever since word broke that Disney purchased Lucasfilm and the rights to Star Wars with plans to churn out a new sequel trilogy starting in 2015. Big name directors including Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Zack Snyder and Brad Bird have disavowed any involvement with the picture, but Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) is a name that keeps popping up. We recently reported on some of Trevorrow’s comments about the new movie as a Star Wars fan. Now, a new video interview has surfaced with Trevorrow talking about possibly helming a movie with a significant fan base. Hit the jump to check out the video.
[Update: Trevorrow has reached out on Twitter to clarify his statement, denying that he’s involved with the new Star Wars. More after the jump.]
Update: Trevorrow took to his Twitter account last night to put the Star Wars talk to rest:
To clarify, there is another film we all love that I’m currently trying not to mess up. Odds I will direct Episode VII: 3720 to 1.
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) November 19, 2012
@maerj2000 That is what I am saying.
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) November 19, 2012
Our original story follows below.
In a video interview this past summer for the MacGuffin Podcast (via The Daily Blam), Trevorrow can be heard discussing an upcoming opportunity to direct a movie with a big built in fanbase. Skip to 21:45 for the relevant quotes:
Here’s what Trevorrow said:
“As far as professional life, I can’t speak with any specificity as to what the next thing will be. There are amazing opportunities that have arisen as a result of this. One of them, I will say, will probably create a great deal of ire against me on the Internet when people find out what it is. So, I just want to say in advance that I promise you, for all of those who love the mythology that I will be tackling, trust that I love it as much as you do. And I will respect it, and hopefully make it not suck.”
Trevorrow also spoke Moviezine during the Stockholm International Film Festival and had the following to say (translated (via Google) from Swedish):
I would not comment much on it, but I’m as much a Star Wars fan like everyone else who grew up with it as one of the most important in their lives. I am deeply aware of how incredibly important it is for billions of people. It really is a mythology, and possibly also a religion for many. I can not comment on what my involvement would be, but I can definitely say that I would love to direct a Star Wars movie at some point in my life.It would be incredible. I will not be deterred by it. While I understand that every thinking director who cares about the series as much as I do, would be afraid to ruin something. But I also believe that there is a risk that many directors would gladly take, precisely because they care so much about it.
This is a specific example of something that has to feel connected with the earlier films. There will be a sequel to “Return of the Jedi”, in a special world that requires a special style. Whoever makes the film must not deviate too far, at least not with these films … But you know, they will make the Star Wars films as long as we live.Disney has seen what Marvel managed to do, to prove that their universe is infinite.So, the next three films have a responsibility, they are iconic and finishing a story that influenced pop culture for decades. But after that, we will get to see some really awesome movies in the Star Wars universe. We will see daring, exciting directors take on crazy Star Wars movies underwater, and everything. And I look forward to seeing them all!
A lot of people are writing Trevorrow off as having no chance at the director’s chair, so he is clearly the dark horse candidate at the moment. He’s in his late 30s with only the indie film Safety Not Guaranteed in his director’s column. Although George Lucas was younger than Trevorrow when he helmed the original Star Wars, he also had two films under his belt, one of which (American Graffiti) landed five Oscar nominations. The only things Trevorrow has on his side is the fact that he would come cheaply to Disney and would be much easier to pressure into giving in to studio demands. For our money, it still comes down to Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) or Jon Favreau (Iron Man).
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