By now the world knows of Disney acquiring Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion. After the deal was made, Disney announced that they wanted to release Episode 7 in 2015 and one Star Wars related film every two years after. Many created these wish lists of directors to helm Episode 7, but so few were to point out Matthew Vaughn‘s name. Now there is a rumor that Vaughn is the leading candidate to direct the film. While we have yet to receive confirmation of such news, Collider was able to uncover some interesting developments.
Of course there are just a handful of directors many wished were directing the film, but I find it hard to believe that Joss Whedon has the time to squeeze Episode 7 into his schedule when he is busy working on The Avengers 2. Same goes for any other A-list director that is busy working on a film that is set to be relased between 2014 and 2015.
There are a few things that have led to this rumor. Disney announced that they wanted to release Episode 7 as early as 2015, so the search for directors immediately began right after the deal was made. That same week Vaughn announced that he would not be returning as director of X-Men: Days of Futures Past. Obviously with an opening in his schedule that would leave room for him to present a few ideas to producers on how he would take on Episode 7. Collider, who was the first to break the news, says this is a huge rumor at best and it would be a while before we heard any sort of confirmation on the news.
If this does happen, it has the chance to be one great film. For one thing Vaughn has an excellent track record for movies. The director has teamed up with writing partner Jane Goldman for three movies: X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass, and Stardust. So if Vaughn does end up directing Episode 7, let’s hope that he can bring Goldman into the fold.