Patrick Dane writes for Bleeding Cool.
It seems that no director can escape the touch of Star Wars. Not a day goes by that a reporter doesn’t ask whichever poor victim is in front of them if they are involved with the resurrected saga.
Spielberg, Abrams, Snyder and Tarantino have said no and Favreau is down as a maybe. Now its the turn of two other directors. One big, one small, both with interesting answers.
First victim comes in the form of Guillermo Del Toro. Fanhattan asked him about his feelings on the gig and while it sounds like he was hardly overflowing with enthusiasm, he did call it attractive.
You know, I saw it on the Internet, but I haven’t approached them, they haven’t formally approached me. I mean, I heard some rumblings, but to me it’s really — I have so many projects to discuss or think about. Something that is not a possibility yet, I don’t do that. You know, because I have so many things that I need to catch up with. If this becomes ever a reality, and there’s an approach to do it, I would then think about it, but it’s like thinking if I want to date a supermodel. I don’t think about these things.
Formally approached, note. The emphasis, Fanhattan notes, was Del Toro’s.
While it isn’t a huge surprise that Del Toro is saying he’s busy, he is also saying that the door is at least open to a proper offer. Likening the franchise to a supermodel won’t hurt either.
We heard last week that Safety Not Guaranteed‘s Colin Trevorrow has spoken to Lucasfilm too, even before his debut film has rolled out across much of the globe
It is not something that I can comment too much on. But I can definitely say, I am as much of a fan of Star Wars as everyone else for whom Star Wars was the most important thing in their life, when they were a kid. I’m deeply aware of how profoundly important it is, to billions of people. It really is a mythology and possibly even a belief system for a lot of people. I certainly can’t comment on what my involvement may ever be, I can definitely say that I would absolutely love to direct a “Star Wars” film at some point in my life. That would be incredible, I’m not daunted by it.
Not being able to comment on something, understanding the value of a fan-favourite series and reassuring that fan base that you would not overwhelmed by the weight of responsibility are usually the traits of someone who’s having to take their comments very seriously. We may actually have something on our hands with this Trevorrow talk.
He went on to talk about how he thinks it’s important to honour the style of the original trilogy:
That is a very specific example of something that needs to feel consistent with the movies that came before it. That’s a sequel to Return of the Jedi, that’s a very specific world and a specific style of filmmaking and presentation. I think that whoever does that movie, to depart too far, at least for these particular films…
While Trevorrow may not have been on top many people’s lists for this film, things seem to be stacking up in his favour. Would Disney go for a a director this “small”?
It remains to be seen. And if not this time around maybe next time around. Could Trevorrow end up being the Irvin Kershner of this new trilogy?