Deadline reports that screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are in talks with Disney/LucasFilm to tackle Episode VIII and Episode IX. Kasdan is best known for writing Empire Strikes Back, Return of The Jedi and Radiers of The Lost Ark. Kinberg known for Sherlock Holmes along with X-Men Days of Future Past. It sounds like the studio is really aiming to put the two sequels into production very soon with this news. We already know that Michael Arndt (Oblivion, All You Need Is Kill) is currently working on Episode VII while a director has yet to be named.
UPDATE: HeatVision has word the deals are done and the pair of writers will also be producers.
People have been digging for information on who will be directing Star Wars Episode VII and FilmSchoolRejects has finally come up with something a little more concrete than previous speculations. Colin Trevorrow who has been closely connected for the film had an interview over the summer while promoting Safety Not Guaranteed. He mentions on video a beloved project he was currently working on at the time that has established fans and mythology. Add this to talk he’s been linked as a director candidate for Star Wars and it sounds like he could have already been a frontrunner to helm.
“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 good 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 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.”
DigitalSpy was able to ask actor Tom Hiddleston if he’d be interested in a role in the new Star Wars film. While he doesn’t come out and say yes, Tom would take any offer “very seriously”. It would depend on the story and the character he would be playing. Hiddleston also praises LucasFilm head Kathleen Kennedy who had been a producer on War Horse which he co-starred.
“Absolutely, yeah. It would depend on the story and the character and things…But I don’t know, maybe people would associate me too closely with Loki – I hope not.”
“[She’s] a filmmaker of such extraordinary experience and wisdom – she’s one of the best producers I’ve ever worked for,” he explained. “She just knows her way around the medium and the art form and the industry, so I think I’d take it very seriously if they asked me.”
Tom is among a group of actors who I’d love to see enter the franchise. The other names include Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy, Richard Artimage, Michael Fassbender and Joel Kinnaman. Here’s hoping that LucasFilm seriously considers approaching names like these.
SlashFilm picked up a new interview where writer/director Guillermo del Toro has commented on Star Wars Episode VII. He reveals he hasn’t been asked to do it but seems open if he didn’t have as many projects in development. Not counting Pacific Rim still in post-production he still has Heaven Sent, The Haunted Mansion, At The Mountains of Madness, Frankenstein, Van Helsing, Trollhunters, Jekyll And Hyde, Hellboy 3, Journey To The West/Temple of The Heavens all in different stages of development. However, like with the Hobbit and Pacific Rim if he’s offered an interesting film he’s willing to wait. Guillermo had recently been in the mix to direct Dawn of The Planet of The Apes before Matt Reeves landed the job. Anything is possible but if he’s not in the mix already LucasFilm might have someone already in mind.
“You know, I saw it on the Internet, but I haven’t approached them, they haven’t formally approached me. I mean, I heard some rumblings, but to me it’s really — I have so many projects to discuss or think about. [For] something that is not a possibility yet, I don’t do that. You know, because I have so many things that I need to catch up with. If this becomes ever a reality, and there’s an approach to do it, I would then think about it, but — it’s like thinking if I want to date a supermodel. I don’t think about these things.”
When asked during a podcast writer/director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) about the rumor he’s being looked at to be the director of Star Wars Episode VII. He doesn’t straight out deny and gives a very political answer. Similar to what Jon Favreau recently said about the project. This gives the impression he’s at least involved with talks with LucasFilms.
“I have very little to say about it. [stammering] Certainly, no specifics about whats going on behind the scenes in the selection of that person [a director]. I think that I can speak as a Star Wars fan, which is important to me. Whoever does do this movie, I think, just needs to have a fundamental understanding of why its important to us. We come from a generation who grew up with this as children, to us its almost a belief system. Its harder for people who are older or who were already teenagers when the movie came out to understand how deeply it is our mythology.And there are a bunch of incredible directors who are up for this job… I think whoever gets it will have that fundamental understanding of why Star Wars matters so much to a billion people. Its just incredible. So that’s all I can say about that. I’m equally excited about it. … that’s all you’re gonna get!”
It would be awesome because it means there would be a stronger chance that Aubrey Plaza (Scott Pilgrim, Parks And Rec, Funny People, Mystery Team, Safety Not Garanteed) could end up in a role.
HollywoodLife talked to directors J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Cowboys And Aliens) on the possibilities of them directing the new Star Wars trilogy. Abrams stating he’s too close to the material and seeming pulls himself out of the running. J.J. had been linked a couple times to the project but doesn’t sound interested here. He joins a growing group of directors uninterested in the project which includes Steven Spielberg, Zack Synder and Quentin Tarantino (via ThePlaylist). On the other hand Favreau has more of an open mind to the gig.
“I think both J.J. and I come from a generation of people who formed our whole creative persona around what we experienced as kids from watching those films, and I have had the good fortune of working with George [Lucas] and around George, and whether it is doing a voice on Clone Wars, or being at the Skywalker Ranch mixing Iron Man – so I have been very happy and lucky to just experience the culture that Lucas has created, both in my own life growing up as a kid and professional – whether it was interviewing him at film festivals on stage, he is just a really wonderful, talented gifted guy who has changed the business so much, so I am just giddy, first and foremost as a fan, to see what happens with it. I think there is a lot of question marks of how they are going to do it, and who they are going to do it with, and what the story is going to be about; but to say that I am not excited about it is definitely an understatement. We’ll see.”
He doesn’t come out and say it but it’s sounding like he has the strongest working relationship with LucasFilm. Iron Man opened the gates leading to the massive Marvel franchise now setup at Disney. Jon helped shepherd the Marvel Cinematic Universe (before Whedon took over) and could do the same within the Star Wars universe. He has connections working with ILM on Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Cowboys And Aliens. Jon has even voiced a character on the Clone Wars cartoon an his icon on Twitter for months has been R2D2. Recently, he was working with Disney on breaking a story for a live-action film based on Magic Kingdom. Originally, Favreau had been tapped to direct John Carter before it landed at Disney who hired Andrew Stanton. In a recent interview with Lucas and LucasFilm’s Kathleen Kennedy they mention what they’re looking for in a director. My belief after weighing all the options, Jon is currently the strongest candidate to direct the new trilogy.