Good news/Bad news. I was kind of scared when I woke to the rumor that Colin Trevorrow may very well be the director of Disney’s Star Wars: Episode VII. Who is Colin Trevorrow you ask? He’s the guy who directed Safety Not Guaranteed. What’s Safety Not Guaranteed you ask? It’s that hipster fest on 35mm about a guy who puts an ad in Craiglist about time travel and an unenthused Aubrey Plaza shows up. This is not exactly the guy you want handling Han Solo, but some mysterious tweets from Trevorrow late this past summer (“…For all those who love the mythology that I will be tackling, trust that I love it as much as you do. And I will respect it, and hopefully make it not suck”) led some to believe that he was shortlisted for the job. He has thankfully confirmed….NO.
Whew. But, I also said there was some bad news. Brad Bird, who showed that he could handle live-action (M:I Ghost Protocol) as well as animated (The Incredibles) confirmed that he will be working on his George Clooney-starring Tesla sci-fi film 1952 and not tackling Episode VII.
So listen, like I said, good news and bad news. But we know Michael Arndt will be tackling the script for the new trilogy so as one director after another confirms they won’t be directing the movie, sooner or later there will be one director left in Hollywood who will have to accept the job.
And now listen to the cast of Star Wars sing ‘Call Me Maybe.’