There are some amazing directors out there right now: David Fincher and Christopher Nolan anyone? But they might not be right for “Star Wars”. Let’s look at the top 5 directors that should be considered to be given the keys to the Millennium Falcon.
#5 – Jon Favreau
Director of “Elf,” “Zathura: A Space Adventure,” “Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” and “Cowboys & Aliens.”
Mr. Favreau has a solid grasp of action, fantasy and humor three important things in any “Star Wars” film. Plus he’s a known fan of “Star Wars” and plays the leader of the Mandolrian’s Death Watch, Pre Vizsla on “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
#4 – Sam Raimi
Director of “The Evil Dead,” “A Simple Plan, the “Spider-Man” trilogy,” and “Oz the Great and Powerful”
Mr. Raimi has a pretty well rounded directing career with both small independent films to huge summer blockbusters. “Spider-Man 2,” the high point of the trilogy really shows a fun and action packed adventure. Also early buzz and trailers makes “Oz the Great and Powerful” on the hot list showing him handling a timeless classic.
#3 – Matthew Vaughn
Director of “Stardust,” “Kick-Ass” and “X-Men: First Class”
Mr. Vaughn has a small directing belt at this point but is currently the rumored front runner for “Star Wars: Episode VII.” If you look at his IMDB profile he currently has no project currently lined up and he turned down directing “X-Men: First Class” follow-up. He seems to have a great grasp of action and humor and maybe a newer director is just what this new trilogy needs.
#2 - Ridley Scott
Director of “Alien,” “Blade Runner,” “Legend,” “Thelma & Louise,” “Gladiator,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Matchstick Men,” and “Prometheus.”
Mr. Scott has done a wide range of film genres in his career all wonderfully shot. Yes many fanboys have problems with “Prometheus” but it was story related elements. No one can complain about how visually stunning the film was and how in an age of heavy computer graphics Ridley used fully constructed sets for most of the film. CG sets were a huge fanboy complaint of the prequel “Star Wars” trilogy. Also most wanted a darker tone to the film and Mr. Scott can deliver.
#1 – Dave Filoni
Director of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” animated television series along with “Avatar: The Last Airbender” television series.
Mr. Filoni may not have done any live action directing yet but look at his amazing work on “The Clone Wars.” He has a huge love and passion of all six “Star Wars” films and the expanded universe made up of novels, comics and video games. His desire as a fan to have a “Star Wars “adventure every episode has grown through the 100 episodes of “The Clone Wars” series. Also five plus years of weekly meetings and guidance from the maker himself understanding the way “Star Wars” should be told and shot. Let’s give Mr. Filoni the keys the Falcon and take it out for spin, he wouldn’t disappoint!