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Rumor: Matthew Vaughn To Direct 'Star Wars: Episode 7'

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 5, 2012 2:20 PM
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Star Wars Matthew Vaughn

...and so it begins. Here comes the first real rumor about who might direct the highly anticipated "Star Wars: Episode 7," and it's a name that fanboys will no doubt get behind.

The folks over at Collider are reporting that through their sources, they're hearing that "X-Men: First Class" and "Kick-Ass" director Matthew Vaughn will helm the upcoming sequel. It is interesting to note that Vaughn suddenly dropped out of directing "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" (due in 2014) just five days before Disney announced the acquisition of Lucasfilm, and revealed that a new trilogy was on the way. Could this be the reason Vaughn bailed on the comic heroes?

And while George Lucas is said to have delivered full treatments for the next three chapters (considering he's been talking about this for at least three decades, we'd expect nothing less) he also met with screenwriters before the sale to Disney. One of Vaughn's frequent collaborators is Jane Goldman -- could they have sat down with Lucas and convinced him they can do justice to the stories he's mapped out? Granted, he has said he will not be helping to choose the directors, but undoubtedly if he has a suggestion, folks are going to listen. But again, it's all conjecture at this point, so we'll have to wait and see.

Collider tends to vet this stuff out, but in this case it's not a shock they couldn't find official confirmation, so we'll have to see how it plays. But does Vaughn work for you as the 'Episode 7' helmer? 

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  • 99 PROBLEMS BUT THE BI$CH AINT ONE | November 28, 2012 1:15 AMReply

    And to any one who says Spielberg has not directed a good film in years, they have obviously not seen TIN TIN and WAR HORSE they are great films. And two films he has produced recently are Supper 8 and Cowboys And Aliens they are both real good fun action films. I will also point out that IMHO Indiana Jones 4 was a great popcorn flick right up there with temple of doom and last crusade and I think that it's box office gross of $ 317, 575, 550 proves that most of America agrees with me about Indiana Jones 4 was a great fun popcorn flick right up there with the last 2 indy films that came before it.....

  • 99 PROBLEMS BUT THE BI$CH AINT ONE | November 28, 2012 12:48 AMReply

    X Men First Class is an ok film but not a great film and I have never seen Kick-Ass. My three picks to direct are Brad Bird, Joe Johnston or JJ Abrams My real favorite would be Spielberg but I dont see that hapening....

  • Lee | November 8, 2012 4:00 AMReply

    NOPE. In my mind Duncan Jones only.

  • douglassirk | November 6, 2012 7:56 PMReply

    god no, everyone but this fucking guy. kick ass was absolutely terrible, and so was first class, he shoots like the third best guy at film school.

  • Didymus | November 6, 2012 8:52 AMReply

    I'm not sure why this is the first rumor to qualify as 'real.' I think Vaughn would be a decent choice and that his style is fairly close to the heart of Star Wars. Despite this, Brad Bird is both a superior choice and more likely, considering Disney's whole '1952' thing.

  • cattt | November 6, 2012 8:46 AMReply

    Edgar Wright and/or Steven Moffat for the script, please. Duncan Jones for director.
    Make it so.

  • Xavier | November 5, 2012 11:20 PMReply

    How about Zemeckis, can handle big budgets and may have just recently got on studios' good graces with 'Flight' this past weekend. He has more of a style and taste than Vaughn but can also stretch to fill any genre. Now who wants to rip this apart??

  • nightgoat72 | November 5, 2012 8:59 PMReply

    Oh god, please no. This guy is awful.

  • Jimmy | November 5, 2012 7:14 PMReply

    I'm pretty concerned for all of these people who are totally disregarding Vaughn as a competent director. If I remember correctly, Layer Cake is what got Daniel Craig cast as Bond and definitely had some originality to it. As for saying Michael Bay would be a better choice over Vaughn, are you fucking kidding? X-Men First Class was leaps and bounds better than all of Bay's films combined. Vaughn is definitely an inspired choice, versus unmemorable fanboy directors, such as Guillermo Del Toro or Peter Jackson. Did we forget the incredibly lackluster Hell Boy movies or The Lovely Bones?

  • Jimmy | November 7, 2012 2:51 PM

    Okay Chris, you got me. So which opening credits scene did Vaughn steal from for Layer cake? (a movie clip showcasing his approach derived from another movie would be ideal.) and what exactly sets Guillermo del toro apart as a director? And if you say special effects and set design then this puts del toro in the same boat as Bay. @douglassirk, I won't even entertain you by answering your comment because anyone who claims a very commercially and critically successful director a talentless hack, I have no interest in. You guys should both go watch vaughn's behind the scenes featurettes

  • douglassirk | November 6, 2012 7:58 PM

    Jimmy I could think of dozens of better directors than both Bay or Vaughn but if you really wanna compare, as schlocky as they are Bad Boys and The Rock are far better and have a far more distinctive visual style than ANYTHING that that talentless hack has ever done.

  • Chris | November 6, 2012 9:40 AM

    I'll put it this way, since you're having trouble grasping the "artistic statement" argument (which is of course separate from whether or not a filmmaker is any good - bad filmmakers like Bay have their own artistic aesthetics as well). If I went in blind and you showed me any individual scene of "Hellboy" or "Hellboy 2" (or any Del Toro film, for that matter), I would be able to tell you within 10 seconds, "That was directed by Guillermo del Toro." If I went in blind and you showed me any individual scene of "X-Men: First Class," "Stardust," "Kick-Ass" or "Layer Cake," I wouldn't have the slightest clue who made it. All I would be able to tell was that the filmmaking was indistinct, and essentially could have been made by anyone. Any one of those could have been directed by any number of other filmmakers of the same talent level and the difference would be negligible. As for being a film school student, congratulations. But the fact that you're a student in the first place probably means you've seen much fewer movies than many others on this site, but that's really beside the point. My statement about you needing to see more movies was directly predicated on your statement that "Layer Cake" was "original." That was a demonstrably false statement. "Layer Cake" was not original in the slightest - which you would know, if you had seen all the movies it directly took its style and content from.

  • Jimmy | November 5, 2012 9:08 PM

    I'll start by saying that there is surely an argument about it because Vaughn hasn't made a movie close to as bad as Blade 2 in my opinion. And I fail to see this "artistic statement" that is made in every frame of Hellboy? Films inspire each individual person in different ways, which makes it incredibly ignorant to say "that's not even an argument." The comment about me needing to see more movies is also ignorant, as I'm a film school student, forced to watch at least 2 movies a day.

  • Chris | November 5, 2012 7:27 PM

    First of all, nobody said Vaughn was incompetent - I do think he's competent. And that's where the compliments end. And no, "Layer Cake" did not have a shred of originality in it. If you think that movie had any originality in it, you need to see more movies. I agree with you on Bay - I certainly wouldn't want his hands on this (or anything else, for that matter). But you're going put Vaughn over Del Toro? Good lord, dude. There's more actual creativity and artistic statement in one frame of one of his "Hellboy" movies than anything Vaughn's ever done. That's not even an argument. I'm not saying he should do the "Star Wars" sequels (indeed, I'd rather see him spend his time elsewhere), but he is leaps and bounds beyond Vaughn, in competence, talent, artistry, or any other category you could name.

  • eric | November 5, 2012 5:33 PMReply

    don't worry if he ends up being the director cause he'll just back out at the last moment.

  • Martina | November 5, 2012 7:17 PM


  • foxer | November 5, 2012 4:34 PMReply

    I'm going to throw this in extremely doubtful.

    Vaughn's known to create issues on set. X-Men First Class did well, but it was severely off schedule / over budget and went through multiple on-set producers, ADs, and DPs. He butted heads w/ Fox to the point that he couldn't handle the schedule of X2 w/ its deadline.

    Kathleen Kennedy is a ballbuster on that stuff. Guessing whoever is directing Star Wars has known about this deal for months, not days/weeks.

  • Piotr | November 5, 2012 4:17 PMReply

    When did we start pretending that this guy is talented and good? I've always thought of him as on par with guys like Marc Forster. Sure, their movies look good, and sure, they sometimes get solid reviews, but, honestly, where they ever really good?

  • d | November 5, 2012 5:13 PM


  • Ur mom | November 5, 2012 3:53 PMReply

    He's great director!! If it's not true, then they better find another great director.

  • sam | November 5, 2012 2:59 PMReply

    X-Men: First Class. Yes.
    he was also rushed on a production that turned into an outstanding film.

  • KT | November 5, 2012 3:40 PM

    ... Calling that movie "outstanding" is pushing it. It was good movie but a horrible X-Men adaptation. Thus, Vaughn failed.

  • Nolan | November 5, 2012 2:52 PMReply

    "First Class" is a solid superhero flick, but "Kick Ass" is one of my least favorite movies. Really putrid.

  • Jerr | November 5, 2012 2:50 PMReply

    We're screwed. He was by far the least interesting filmmaker on that rumored shortlist. Ugh.

  • Carl | November 5, 2012 2:41 PMReply

    if disney knew what was good for them they would hold an election for fans to vote on the next director. which is absurd I know... I guess this is just a lose-lose all around. I for one will completely ignore any star wars movie directed by matthew vaughn, the same way I ignore any other movie directed by him

  • Mark | November 5, 2012 2:32 PMReply

    It's all over.

  • Chris | November 5, 2012 2:28 PMReply

    Aside from the fact that Vaughn isn't a remotely interesting director and is basically a slightly more palatable version of Brett Ratner, great choice.

  • Piotr | November 5, 2012 4:13 PM

    @ MJ: I detect sarcasm in your comment. Layer Cake was a Guy Ritchie rip off. And, honestly, who really remembers it? That's right, nobody. Kick Ass was as Brett Ratner as you get. Brett Ratner could have ghost-directed that movie and nobody would know the difference ("OH GOSH THAT LIL GIRL IS CURSING LOL BEST MOVIE EVAR!"). Stardust -- see my comment re: Layer Cake. Vaughn is the King of directing movies that are immediately forgotten, just like, wait for it... Ratner. Chris has a valid point.

  • Chris | November 5, 2012 3:49 PM

    I wasn't referring to any distinctive style that either has (in fact, neither has a distinctive style at all, which is part of the reason for the comparison), but to their standing as directors - they're both competent but completely uninteresting studio hired hands, neither of whom has ever had a single unique or compelling cinematic idea. What they have in common is their aggressive mediocrity and lack of personal aesthetic. In other words, the perfect type of indistinct filmmaker for a studio to bring in for a franchise/tentpole film that they can easily control. That is what I meant.

  • MJ | November 5, 2012 3:25 PM

    The two have X-Men in common and that is it. Layer Cake, Kick Ass, Stardust? Yeah those are movies just like Brett Ratner's.

  • Jack | November 5, 2012 2:26 PMReply

    NOOOOOOOOOOO! Please for the love of the series not this hack, please. I'd rather have Bay than have Vaughn.

  • carl | November 5, 2012 2:25 PMReply

    wow this would be the most truly bone-headed star wars decision since jarjar. vaughn is a terrible terrible terrible filmmaker.

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