Movie Ruminations

Matthew Vaughn to direct Star Wars VII?

Well, it didn’t take long for the rumor mill to begin.  After last weeks announcement that Disney bought Lucasfilm from George Lucas and that they were going to make a new trilogy of Star Wars films, the internet has been ablaze with director talk.  So who is the first person rumored to be directing the new film?  None other than Matthew Vaughn (Stardust, Layer Cake, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class).

It was reported last week that he dropped out of the directing gig for X-Men: Days of Future Past, though he would still serve as producer, with Bryan Singer (Apt Pupil, The Usual Suspects) taking over directing duties on that film.  It seemed to be short notice and a bit of a disappointment.  If this rumor is true, though, it will make sense why he couldn’t stick with the X-Men.

Now keep in mind that this is just a rumor at this point.  It could happen, or it could very well NOT happen.  Now on to the important stuff.  Do I think he would make a good director for a new Star Wars film?  Yes, yes I do.

If you look at Vaughn’s films (Stardust, Layer Cake, Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class), you will see that he has covered most of the bases necessary to be comfortable with a big budget tent pole release.  He has the gritty (Layer Cake), the fantasy (Stardust), and the action (Kick-Ass) and the somewhat dramatic (X-Men: First Class).  On top of that, all his films have been good.  I think that he might possibly be the best choice that Disney could have come up with.

With the film scheduled for a 2015 release, it is going to have to go into production very soon.  2015 is really not that far away, and this will obviously be a big special effects-a-thon.  To get it done in time for it release, it has to start soon.  As it ramps up, we will know more and I will keep you posted.



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