November 30, 2012
David Fincher And Jon Favreau Contenders To Direct STAR WARS EPISODE VII?
Deadline seems to have put a bit of wrench in the recent comments from actor Jason Flemyng teasing that Matthew Vaughn had landed the job of directing a new Star Wars film. They say that David Fincher (Fight Club, Alien 3, Social Network, Seven) is "game" to make the film along with Jon Favreau (Iron Man) "panting after this job". It will be interesting to see if this effects the two large projects the directors have already setup with Disney. Fincher is developing a remake of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea with Brad Pitt possibly being looked at for the lead. Favreau is also trying to put together a larger than life live-action film based on the Magic Kingdom theme park which would be similar to Night At The Museum.
We already know that Favreau has links to ILM working them on both Iron Man films and Cowboys And Aliens. He also voiced a character for ILM's Clone Wars cartoon and is a die-hard Star Wars fan. ThePlaylist points out that LucasFilm head Kathleen Kennedy produced Fincher's Benjamin Button which means he's had a working relationship with Kathy. Not to mention Fincher worked on Return of The Jedi and Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom. Kennedy has previously stated that they were looking at people they've worked previously and Fincher seems like a candidate having similar roots that Joe Johnston has.