It’s high time for some more rumors from the land of STAR WARS and Lucasfilm, where we know Michael Arndt is writing Episode VII, we don’t know who is directing it (though we know a lot who aren’t), and we know that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are involved in subsequent movies, possibly spin-offs (though that has apparently been denied). Here are two more names to add to the director pool: Jon Favreau (IRON MAN, ELF) and David Fincher (FIGHT CLUB, SE7EN, PANIC ROOM, ZODIAC, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, etc.). Here’s what Deadline has to say:
“I’ve also heard Jon Favreau is panting after this job, and even that David Fincher, who apparently worked for Lucas’s ILM in a menial job as a teen, might be game for one of these new films. Unfortunately, we are getting nothing out of Lucas Land on what they call speculation. I broke a story recently that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg will write future Star Wars installments, most likely the second and third installments of the new trilogy, I’d heard. Lucas, through Disney, denied every speck of this, but I ran it anyway. They won’t comment or clarify these things because they want to announce it themselves on their own Twitter or website or whatever they’ve got.“
We know that Favreau has been interested, and has been one of the few directors who would outright admit it, which is refreshing, even if I’m not entirely sure he’s who I’d pick. Fincher cut his teeth at Lucasfilm and was even an assistant camera man on RETURN OF THE JEDI. As always, stay tuned, because who knows if this means anything.