“star wars” director search down to “a couple of candidates”
J.J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, you name it — if they’re a popular director, they’re probably rumored for “Star Wars: Episode VII.” The rumors and speculation are flying fast and furiously, but from what we hear, it won’t be long before the chatter dies down and the facts roll out.
Producer Frank Marshall, whose wife Kathleen Kennedy is the president of Lucasfilm, spoke with MTV News this week and revealed that he knows what’s going on with the “Star Wars” director search — but you won’t be getting any details out of him.
“I do,” Marshall replied when asked if he knew who would be behind the hotly awaited “Star Wars” sequel. “But I can’t reveal it, or I won’t be alive tomorrow.”
Marshall added that he doesn’t know when the director will be announced; all he knows is that the hunt has honed in on “a couple of candidates, but I don’t know how soon that will be revealed.” He also knows this: regardless of whoever winds up directing “Star Wars,” it’s going to be one of the most anticipated blockbusters of all time.
“I’m really excited about this,” he said. “I didn’t grow up with it, but I was a big fan and have been since the series started. I’ll always remember seeing that big mother-ship go over the screen. I’ve never forgotten it. I can’t wait to see what’s next.”
Another Lucas property that Marshall is deeply involved with is “Indiana Jones.” Marshall has served as an executive producer on all four of the whip-wielding archaeologist’s silver screen adventures to date, but those of you holding out hope for a fifth are going to need to stay patient — according to Marshall, Disney’s Lucasfilm purchase won’t do anything to speed up development on “Indy 5.”
“I don’t think it changes anything. It’s still open,” he said of progress on a new “Indy” movie. “But it’s really on the back burner and we’re not really talking about it. ‘Star Wars’ is next, so that’s what we’re focusing on. ‘Indy’ is back there, but nothing has changed.”
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