'Star Wars Episode 7' - Is Director Joseph Kosinski "Interested"?Jacob Hall |
First things first: 'Tron Legacy' and 'Oblivion' director Joseph Kosinski isn't helming 'Star Wars Episode VII,' but according to an interview with MTV, he's flattered that so many people are asking him about it. Although he claims that he won't be journeying to a galaxy far, far away any time soon, he did confirm the recent scuttlebutt that a 'Tron 3' is in the works and that he is attached to direct.
About 'Star Wars,' Kosinski said:
"For me, I feel like, between 'Tron' and 'Oblivion,' I've gotten to fulfill my 'Star Wars' fantasies, in a way. It's flattering of you to mention, but like everyone else, I'm interested to see where they take it."
A swift and brutal translation: "I know just as much about the new 'Star Wars' as you do! Jon Favreau is probably going to make it. Please let me edit 'Oblivion' in peace!" In many ways, Kosinski would make sense for the project due to his history with new 'Star Wars' owner Disney, but that relationship centers around a film that massively underperformed at the box office.
Of course, that under-performer is 'Tron Legacy,' which made just enough money to be a disappointment and not an embarrassment. However, Disney still sees potential in the franchise and Kosinksi is ready to make a return to the Grid:
"We've got an idea for the next movie that's really exciting to me. I mean, obviously, the only reason to go back would be if we could do something spectacular and really push the ideas forward that we had established in 'Legacy.' We have an idea and an approach and a way into it that I'm really excited about, and now it's about execution on the level of the script. So working hard on that in the background, and hopefully that'll all come together...It's still the same plan in that 'Tron 3' would deliver on the promises set up at the end of 'Legacy' in different ways. You look at what happened in the closing scenes of 'Legacy'; I think it sets a clear direction for what could happen in the next chapter."
Despite word about the project from Disney, returning star Garrett Hedlund and Kosinski, a 'Tron 3' still feels like a gamble, mainly because not too many people seemed enamored with the previous film. In fact, who knows which way the wind will blow in the months ahead? Kosinski has 'Oblivion' hitting next year, Hedlund is keeping busy and Disney has a surefire hit in a new 'Star Wars,' so why would they even bother with a new 'Tron'? We'll keep you updated.
You can read the whole interview over at MTV.