The fine folks at Lucasfilm/Disney have their Star Wars plans locked down for the foreseeable future: Rian Johnson is directing Episode VIII, Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow will helm Episode IX, and Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are attached to the Young Han Solo movie. As such, there isn’t a lot of room at present for a director to step in and work on an already announced Star Wars movie, but we’d be willing to bet that the studio would be willing to make an exception if Joss Whedon were to seriously consider campaigning for the job. Fortunately, it sounds as if he may be near that point.
In a recent interview with Collider, Whedon, who is already well-acquainted with Disney, having written and directed the first two Avengers installments, was asked whether he was interested in returning to the world of blockbuster filmmaking. It turns out that Whedon would be game for quite a few different franchises, but it’s Star Wars in particular that he most wants to get a shot at:
I mean, it’s a fun thing to do, to put yourself in the service of something if you think you can add an interpretation. It’s no different than any other storytelling. There are some times when you get micro-managed to death but with Marvel, they let me make two movies that were very much mine. So do I want to make James Bond movie? Yeah. Anne Hathaway does Catwoman again? Sure, I’m in. Do I want to make a Star Wars movie? Yeah. I was like, “I don’t want to make a Star Wars movie. Like, god dammit, why?” But I saw the trailer for Rogue awhile ago and I was like, “I want to do that.” To make a Star Wars movie and not be wed to the bigger picture.
It’s interesting that Whedon specifically highlights wanting to do a Star Wars spin-off. One would assume that there is a bit more flexibility and room for improvisation when making a film like Rogue One than there is with one of the saga pictures such as The Force Awakens. Whedon has made no secret of being burnt out by the stress and demands involved in making the Avengers films, but perhaps if her were given a bit more freedom to do his own thing, Star Wars might be the natural next step in his filmmaking career.
Honestly, we’re just excited at the idea of letting Whedon do a Star Wars film that feels like Firefly. That would be shiny!