Last week, Disney blew the bloody doors off the internet with the news that the studio purchased Lucasfilm outright for $4.05 billion and scheduled a new Star Wars movie for summer of 2015. With Kathleen Kennedy taking over as president of Lucasfilm, she will produce the new Star Wars sequel alongside George Lucas, who is sitting out as director for the first time since 1983's Return of the Jedi.
Lucas and Kennedy have apparently met with potential screenwriters who would work from a detailed treatment cooked up by Lucas. So preparations have already been underway in order to ensure that Star Wars: Episode VII is ready for 2015.
The news of Disney's Lucasfilm purchase was almost immediately followed by ubiquitous lists of directorial candidates, but according to a rumor unearthed by Frosty at Collider, Matthew Vaughn is reportedly the man for the job. Frosty goes out of his way to specify that this has in no way been corroborated. It might just be hogwash, but it's also possible that Vaughn is indeed in talks to be the first non-Lucas director to handle a live-action Star Wars feature in thirty years.
This rumor is sort of supported by circumstance. Despite his vocal enthusiasm for the prequel-sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past since X-Men: First Class hit theaters last summer, Vaughn unexpectedly departed the sequel in late October. Original X-Men director Bryan Singer was promptly brought aboard to return to the franchise as director and keep X-Men: Days of Future Past on track for a July 2014 release date.
Usually, when a notable director departs such a high profile summer movie, a token explanation is given, be it the reliable "scheduling conflicts" or the increasingly common "unsure about delivering a quality product in this amount of time." With Vaughn and the X-Men sequel, though, no reason has been provided. So the thinking here goes that he abandoned the mutant franchise for the prospect of taking up the Star Wars torch.
We'll keep you posted. In the meantime, what do you think about the Layer Cake, Stardust, and Kick-Ass director possibly orchestrating continued adventures in a galaxy far, far away?