There are actually conflicting reports online right now between Collider and AintItCoolNews about who will reign the director’s chair for Disney’s new tentpole Star Wars VII for 2015. Everyone has been making their own wish lists and listing out rumors, but there are two rumors out there right now that are solidified through sources. Obviously, both stories can’t be right, so something has to give, but for now, these are the two reports that I’m going to stick with.
Reports are right now that Brad Bird may take the director’s position with Damon Lindelof (writer of Lost and Prometheus) creating the script. Much of the speculation is coming from one source through their own explanation of the situation, but this speculation is not as plausible considering Lindelof is definitely not the type of writer Disney would hire for something as big as Star Wars. Especially considering Lindelof has multiple projects lined up, it wouldn’t make sense to hire him for such a big project that’s going to take multiple scripts and re-writes. Brad Bird is something of an interesting rumor (besides the fact that this blog has chosen Bird as the best candidate), but there are no solidified sources.
However, this next rumor may actually have some sort of ground as rumors and sources have confirmed that Matthew Vaughn is in the negotiation stages of signing on for Star Wars VII. This would answer the questions of why Matthew Vaughn dropped out of the X-Men: First Class sequel and did not sign on as director for Kick-Ass 2. Matthew Vaughn is quite the hot commodity as he’s created a string of great films (Layer Cake, Stardust, Kick-Ass and X-Men). Vaughn as director may actually sound legitimate considering his ability to work on a grand scale and with large casts. He’s young (relative to George Lucas), new and has screenwriting credibility, which means Disney would be getting a good deal. This makes a lot of sense and wouldn’t be surprised if we heard an announcement on Matthew Vaughn signing for Star Wars. We will definitely be watching this with a class eye and seeing if anything develops.