That sounds so weird to say and have it be an actual reality. That’s the world I live in now… Ok so my list in no particular order
- Josh Trank - director of Chronicle and the upcoming Fantastic Four movie (maybe). A really bright and young talent who could bring some fresh blood to the series and understands making a big film out of very little
- JJ Abrams - The Guy is tied to Star Trek and I understand that, but he’s also admitted he’s more of a Star Wars guy! If he could move from one franchise to the other, we could have him giving the live back into Star Wars that he put into the very very VERY dead Star Trek
- Joss Whedon - A friend of mine said she would like people to stop dropping his name for directing everything, but the fact of the matter is, THIS GUY KNOWS STAR WARS! He showed his love for the Space Epic when he made Fire Fly and he did with The Avengers what no other director could do. He’s already got a great relationship with fans and could bring some massive credibility to the series
- Steven Spielberg - Good friends with Georeg Lucas and originally set to direct the last film in the chronological series, Return of the Jedi, Steven had to drop out due to issues with the director’s guild who wanted the director’s credits up front on the film. Steven has a great relationship with George and could definitely do some very interesting things with the franchise, though his last sci-fi movie wasn’t exactly spectacular.
- Rian Johnson - Rian is an up’n’comer in Hollywood. His critically and financially successful time travel film, Looper really was amazing and showed his ability to put story and character as the most important element. He also created a fully realized world that felt real and possible
- Gore Verbinski - Gore is already doing a giant tentpole summer movie for Disney with The Lone Ranger and has a long history with them, directing the Pirates of the Carribean films. Gore knows how to make a big fun movie with great characters and he did it based on a ride with zero real story. Give him something with a ton of history and a lot to bite off and he might come out sparkling on the other side
- Neill Blomkamp - Currently wrapping up his spiritual successor to his smash hit District 9, Neil Blomkamp is a great man for the job. He comes from an FX background but even still hasn’t let that over shadow his ability to tell a great and compelling story. He understands sci-fi and what makes it so special and even though he was a little heavy handed with his allegory to apartheid, he still knocked it out of the park with little to no budget.
- Guillermo del Toro - This man is one of my favorite directors working today. Currently working on the giant monster fights giant robot epic that will be Pacific Rim, Guillermo almost directed The Hobbit trilogy and Into the Mountains of Madness. Before that he made two of the best comic book movies of the past decade with Hellboy and Hellboy II as well as making the best Blade film, Blade II. His scene in the troll bridge city with all the delightful little creatures and monsters in Hellboy II brought back a flood of memories of seeing the famous Cantina scene for the first time. What’s even better is that Guillermo loves working with practical effects and puppetry. We could have a Star Wars film that looks like it should! He also knows how to direct a great action sequence and even some really touching and heartbreaking moments.
But that’s my list. I’m sure over the coming days I’ll think of more, but these are the guys that I’d like to see make this happen that I think are some what of a reality. Sure I could put all kinds of other directors on there.