Monday, May 27, 2024

Star Wars: Who Should Direct Episodes 7, 8, and 9?


News today– while most of us were dealing with Hurricane Sandy–that Lucas Film was sold to Disney for $4 billion. Robert Iger and Alan Horn got a bargain I think. Three more “Star Wars” movies are included– they will each make a billion dollars worldwide with no effort. Lucas will produce them with Kathleen Kennedy, but he won’t direct them. He’s already said he wanted to make smaller films–hopefully unlike “Red Tails,” a disaster by any accounting.

So who should direct the three remaining “Star Wars” installments? That’s the big mystery. We’re already hearing names from Christopher Nolan to David Fincher to Joss Whedon. What about Robert Zemeckis, a Spielberg protege who’s had enormous successes like “Back to the Future” and “Roger Rabbit,” not to mention “Forest Gump” and the upcoming “Flight.” What “Star Wars” needs is heart and character development. Those elements were sorely missing from the three later films like “Phantom Menace” and “Attack of the Clones.”

Also, what could Lucas’s outline be for the three “new” movies? Chronologically they follow “Return of the Jedi.” Do we see Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in their 50s and 60s? Darth Vader with a talk show?

Whatever happens, “Star Wars” has endless possibilities for making more money. And Lucasfilm at Disney is the right fit. As Steven Spielberg takes Dreamworks over to Universal, Lucas arrives at the Mouse House. The cycle of life continues!

“Star Wars” fans– tell us who should steer the final journeys.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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