From Aint it Cool news comes a breaking story via Collider, another reputable film site reporting that Matthew Vaughn may be in negotiations to direct Star Wars: Episode VII.
If you read my last blog post – https://toddmthatcher.wordpress.com/2012/10/31/who-will-direct-star-wars-episode-vii/ – Vaughn ranked seventh in my Top 20 Predictions on who would direct the first of the next Star Wars trilogy.
No way to know yet if there’s any truth to this rumor – but it certainly seems feasible. Just recently, Vaughn dropped out of directing the sequel to X-Men: First Class. Could it be that he was already negotiating with Disney and LucasFilm? Seems within the realm of possibility.
I believe Vaughn would be a welcome and exciting choice for fans of the franchise. From England, Vaughn got his start as a producer on director Guy Ritchie’s films Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and Swept Away.
Unfortunately, I haven’t seen his first two directing gigs. In 2004, he made his debut with Layer Cake, starring a fairly unknown actor at the time by the name of Daniel Craig. It sounds like it’s more in the vein of Ritchie’s films and it did receive critical acclaim.
He followed with Stardust, a fantasy starring Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Claire Danes. It didn’t perform too well at the U.S. box office, but it also received generally positive reviews. I need to see this one immediately.
In 2010, Vaughn released his third feature, Kick Ass, which I watched for the first time last week. I have no clue what took me so long to see it. It’s a damn good movie and a very clever take on the superhero origin story, filled with hilarious dialogue, over-the-top violence, and some of Nicolas Cage’s best work in a loooong time. It made enough money that a sequel is on its way, though Vaughn will not direct.
This all led to Vaughn directing his first HUGE Hollywood picture, 2011’s X-Men: First Class. After two disappointing entries in the X-Men franchise, 2006’s X-Men: Last Stand and 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, First Class was a hit with audiences and critics alike. And deservedly so. It’s a hell of a fun movie, with first-rate performances from Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy. And Kevin Bacon is the frickin bad guy! And much of the movie has an ultra-cool, Sean Connery-era Bond feel to it since its set in the 1960s.
Vaughn was an obvious enough choice to reach #7 on my predictions list and it would not surprise me if this rumor turns out true. I still believe my #1 and #2 choices (Brad Bird and Guillermo Del Toro) are very likely too, but the cat may already be out of the bag.
And one final note about Matthew Vaughn: he’s married to super model Claudia Schiffer! So if he doesn’t get the biggest franchise in film history, his home life is still pretty admirable.