Disney’s newly-announced Star Wars trilogy is one of the hottest projects currently in Hollywood for directors to make a big splash in the mainstream and an even bigger payday. And in recent weeks, filmmakers from all genres have given their opinions on the relaunch of this beloved franchise with either hope, trepidation, or both. Recently, Hollywood Life caught up with both J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau to gauge their interest in these new Star Wars movies as fans and prospective directors. Here is what Abrams said about it:
Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time. I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!
It makes sense that Abrams would have little interest in directing this trilogy due to the fact that he’s still firmly entrenched in the Star Trek universe. But Favreau seemed a bit more positive in his statements:
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.
With Abrams out, would Favreau make sense to direct these movies? He doesn't come right out and say it, but he likely has some interest in doing it. He has a relationship with Lucas, and he proved with Iron Man that he can do blockbuster action with humor and heart. But Cowboys and Aliens was so bad that it makes him a suspicious candidate, at best. We’ll just have to wait and find out.
[via Hollywood Life]