If it's crap ... We'll tell you
When Disney bought Lucasfilm and promised new 'Star Wars' movies, one of the things I was looking forward to the most was the inevitable onslaught of director and casting rumors. Earlier this week, it was reported that Matthew Vaughn had begun meeting with Lucasfilm, although the exact nature of their meetings was not confirmed. The rumor immediately sprang up that Vaughn would be helming 'Episode VII,' possibly explaining his sudden departure from 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.' The Vaughn rumor has not even had proper time to be confirmed or debunked, and already another purported contender for the director's chair has entered the fray. According to a separate source, Colin Trevorrow, the director of Sundance hit 'Safety Not Guaranteed,' has also met with Lucasfilm about the possibility of assuming duties behind the camera for 'Episode VII.'
A Death Star sized grain of salt must be taken with every ounce of this information. The internet does not always prove as accurate with its early information as does, say, a Bothan spy, but there is something to take away from these speculations. One of the the things that I would really like to see the new 'Star Wars' franchise do is go after directors who have proven they can work within sci-fi and create something unique and fascinating with very limited budgets. If we've learned anything from the prequels, it's that throwing exorbitant amounts of cash at a production does not compensate for a lack of vision and awful script-writing. When George Lucas made the first 'Star Wars' film in 1977, his only previous venture into sci-fi was the low-budget 'THX:1138.' So it's not crazy to think that he would see something of merit in a young director, largely-untested director whose first big film is an economical tale of time travel. Moreover, I think he's exactly the kind of talent they need to look at. I think the Matthew Vaughn rumor makes sense, to a certain extent, but it makes so much sense that it may simply be bred of what looks as if it would make sense as opposed to what's actually true. Again, I'll believe it when the ink is dry on the deal.
What do you guys think? Would either Vaughn or Trevorrow make a suitable 'Episode VII' director? If not, who would be your pick? Do you believe these rumors may have any validity whatsoever?