J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau are two directors that we'd love to see take on the Star Wars franchise, and you never know... there's a chance that it could happen! Hollywood Life got statements from both Abrams and Favreau about the the future of Star Wars, and it's no surprise that they are both huge fans of the films and were inspired by them. Here's what Abrams had to say:
Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time. I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!
As you can see, Abrams didn't sound like he would want to be the one to take it on. Favreau on the other had this to say...
I think both J.J. and I come from a generation of people who formed our whole creative persona around what we experienced as kids from watching those films, and I have had the good fortune of working with George [Lucas] and around George, and whether it is doing a voice on Clone Wars, or being at the Skywalker Ranch mixing Iron Man – so I have been very happy and lucky to just experience the culture that Lucas has created, both in my own life growing up as a kid and professional – whether it was interviewing him at film festivals on stage, he is just a really wonderful, talented gifted guy who has changed the business so much, so I am just giddy, first and foremost as a fan, to see what happens with it. I think there is a lot of question marks of how they are going to do it, and who they are going to do it with, and what the story is going to be about; but to say that I am not excited about it is definitely an understatement. We’ll see.
I could see Favreau being a very strong choice as a director, especially since he has a lot of experience working with Lucasfilm and Lucas in his career. I'm a big fan of Favreau, and after giving it some thought he is on the top of my list of directors to take on Star Wars. I have no doubt that he would do an incredible job with it.
What do you think about what Favreau and Abrams had to say about Star Wars? Out of these two choices, who would you want to see direct the movie?