Possible ‘Star Wars’ Directors

Force Is Strong With Dream `Star Wars' Directors
Force Is Strong With Dream `Star Wars' Directors
It's the question we've all been pondering from the second we heard that three more "Star Wars" movies were planned: Who will direct them? Whoever is chosen, we say: Please, no Ewoks!

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J.J. Abrams (Getty Images)
J.J. Abrams
The most obvious choice, really. His sci-fi bona fides were already beyond reproach, and he solidified them with his reimagining of the "Star Trek" franchise in 2009. His sequel "Star Trek Into Darkness" is due out next year. This just makes sense all around.

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Joss Whedon
Joss Whedon
Another pretty obvious choice. Like Abrams, he has cultivated a well-deserved and loyal following among sci-fi fans between "Firefly" and "Serenity," but he catapulted himself into a whole `nother stratosphere with this summer's enormous hit "The Avengers." Thing is, he may be just a tad busy with "The Avengers 2" - which is also due out in 2015.

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Brad Bird
Brad Bird
He directed the most recent and best in film in the "Mission: Impossible" series, last year's "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol." It gave Bird the opportunity to use his animation expertise from the beloved Pixar films "The Incredibles" and "Ratatouille" to make a live-action movie that was lively and thrillingly staged. This would be an excellent fit.

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Jon Favreau
Jon Favreau
He's a massive "Star wars" fan and is extremely knowledgeable about Lucas and his life. He's also shown he can manipulate the kind of massive machinery it takes to make a blockbuster with the hugely successful "Iron Man" movies. This would also be a no-brainer.

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Christopher Nolan
Christopher Nolan
Dark Knight. `Nuff said.

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Peter Jackson
Peter Jackson
Sure, it makes sense. He's gotten his arms around gigantic franchises with rabid fan bases, to universal acclaim and awards, with the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. But the last of his three "Hobbit" movies comes out in 2014. He might already be kinda wiped out at this point.

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David Fincher
David Fincher
A hugely confident, virtuoso filmmaker mostly known for drama, but his remake of the Swedish hit "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" was epic and just heart-poundingly thrilling, and "The Social Network" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" showcased his mastery of special-effects trickery.

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Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
This might seem like an odd choice until you see "Skyfall" this weekend. And you really should see "Skyfall" this weekend. But the "American Beauty" director said the whole experience of making a James Bond movie left him "knackered," to quote him, so who knows whether he'd be up for such a massive undertaking so soon.

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Matt Reeves
Matt Reeves
A longtime friend and collaborator of Abrams, he directed "Cloverfield" which showed he has an eye for visceral sci-fi action. But "Let Me In," his English-language version of the Swedish vampire thriller "Let the Right One In," revealed his ability to create a chilly, tense mood.

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Matthew Vaughn
Matthew Vaughn
His "Kick-Ass" was exactly that, a lively, funny tale of wannabe superheroes, while his "X-Men: First Class" was one of the better-reviewed films in the series. Before that, his debut film "Layer Cake" (starring a pre-Bond Daniel Craig)

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showed an instinctive ability to create tension and mood.

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Mark Romanek
Mark Romanek
He's just such an amazing visual stylist, I'd love to see what he'd do with this kind of well-established material. He made his name as a music video director, including the super-expensive space-age video for Michael Jackson's "Scream." But the couple of features he's made - "One Hour Photo" and "Never Let Me Go" - were so gorgeous and had such a signature look, I'd be curious to see what he could do with a bigger toy box.

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Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
She's just a bad-ass, a pioneering female action director. She proved she had a way with big, splashy set pieces two decades ago with "Point Break" and became the first woman to win the best-director Oscar for "The Hurt Locker." I'd love to see this male-centric universe from a female perspective.

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Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro
To some, he is a dream "Star Wars" director. Of course, it may never happen. The ingenious maker of "Pan's Labyrinth" and the "Hellboy" movies has a visual style that's so wonderfully weird and inspired, it would never be allowed in such a structured setting. But it would be wondrous to watch.

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Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
Probably not the first name you would have thought of a month ago. But "Argo" proved that Affleck is a major filmmaker, and showed he could step deftly from the intimate drama of "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town" into much a larger and more complicated project. Plus it would allow him to redeem himself with fanboys following the debacle of "Daredevil."

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