I'm one of several Star Wars fans that would love to see Captain America director Joe Johnston direct a new Star Wars movie. Hopefully, one day it will happen. Working on the original Star Wars movies was one of Johnston's first gigs, in fact. In case you didn't already know, he's the guy who created Boba Fett. In a recent interview with Huffington Post, Johnston shared his thoughts on J.J. Abrams landing the directing job for Star Wars: Episode VII, and here's what he had to say:
J.J. Abrams is the perfect choice to get the third trilogy off the ground. These films are big logistical nightmares to direct, like any $150 million plus project. They're like military operations in the attention to detail required while trying to retain a grasp of the big picture. J.J. has more than proven he can handle the pressure, plus it doesn't hurt to have a guy at the wheel who has produced, written, and created shows of his own. If anything he may be overqualified.
I have no doubt that Abrams is going to give us Star Wars fans everything we've been waiting for. I can't wait to see what he ends up doing! In the interview Johnston also candidly talks about Irvin Kershner director of Empire Strikes Back, and Richard Marquand director of Return of the Jedi. Here's a little excerpt from the article:
I think George was occasionally frustrated with the coverage Kershner shot. He refused to shoot a master, a cardinal sin in George's book. (A master shot is "a single shot that includes the complete scene from its start to the finish.")
For Jedi, [Lucas] may have wanted to make sure he had a director who was a little more amenable to George's requests, but this is all conjecture on my part. We saw a lot more of Marquand in pre- and post-production than we saw of Kershner -- I got the sense he was very much interested in the process itself, the creation of the visual effects. George's attitude has always been that the film is made in the cutting room and production is a process of assembling the raw material. My guess is that George saw Marquand as a guy who could go out and amass the great-looking footage that George would mold into the film in post.
It's definitely an interesting read, and you should check it out.