The Star Wars community is still reeling from word last week that Disney had acquired Lucasfilm and was developing Star Wars episodes 7 – 9 for release beginning in 2015.
Now the first rumor about a director has surfaced.
Collider reports that X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn, who dropped out of the X-Men sequel last week, is in talks to direct Star Wars Episode 7. Vaughn’s departure from X-Men was sudden, and to date no reason for leaving has been given. This could possibly be why. Bryan Singer took Vaughn’s place as helmer.
Vaughn saved the X-men franchise with the First Class reboot, so we (and maybe Disney) know he has experience bringing a franchise back to life. His other directing work includes Kick-Ass, Stardust, and Layer Cake.
A reporter at The Hollywood Reporter checked into this rumor and was told it’s not true.
During the conference call making their Lucasfilm acquisition announcement, Disney CEO Bob Iger stated that they received a “pretty extensive treatment for what would be the next three [Star Wars] films.” Iger added they were pleased with the treatment and the films were in “early stages.”
Star Wars creator George Lucas added, “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come.”