George Lucas will certainly do nicely! Ever since the news broke that the man would be on board in an advisory role during the development of 'Episode 7' (and beyond), most of us have been wondering just how connected he will be. To hear Lucas tell it, he's just sort of going to be hanging around, waiting for people to ask him something.
Star Wars: Episode 7
'Star Wars' has entered a brave new world since its acquisition by Disney last month; it appears as though every day sheds a little more light on the fast-tracked remodeling of the Lucasfilm property. Most recently we learned that 'Empire Strikes Back' scribe Lawrence Kasdan is allegedly making a long-awaited return to the franchise; joining the cause as well is 'X-Men: The Last Stand' writer Simon Kinberg. The thinking at the time of that news was that Disney and Lucasfilm had hired the screenwriters to commence work on Star Wars: Episodes 8 and 9, but a new report suggests something a bit more ambitious may be at play...
Take this for what it's worth: Actor Jason Flemyng, longtime Matthew Vaughn collaborator, may have spilled the beans on who's directing 'Star Wars Episode 7' -- that being Vaughn, obviously. In an interview he seems to take for granted that Vaughn has the job before somewhat backtracking. Are the beans spilled?
'Star Wars' rumoring isn't going to stop with just 'Episode 7' even if that picture hasn't signed a director or cast yet. On top of those rumors, we're now going to be hearing gossip about the entire next trilogy, and possibly all the spin-off movies after that. If the internet implodes on itself, it's going to be because of 'Star Wars.' Today's latest news: That they've approached Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kindberg to write and produce Episodes 8 and 9.
Add 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' helmer Brad Bird to the list of names who have taken themselves out of the running for the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' director's spot. Bird joins the ranks of Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Brenda Chapman as directors who have let it be known in no uncertain terms that they won't be directing modern history's most anticipated sequel. Find out his exact words on the subject after the break.
We hope you're sitting down for this because Billy Dee Williams, the man who was Lando Calrissian, has broken his legendary two week silence and has commented on 'Star Wars: Episode 7' and his interest in returning the 'Star Wars' saga. And? Just wait until you hear Williams' enthusiastic response!