Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker will mark the end of this current trilogy of Star Wars films, but it’ll also mark the beginning of a new era, which means news directors coming on-board. Here are five directors I think would make brilliant Star Wars movies.
Say what you will, it’s been a very good time to be a Star Wars fan over the last few years. Not only have we been given a new Star Wars trilogy, but Disney also handed us some Star Wars spinoff movies, just for fun and a few extra quid.
Those spinoff movies may not have been an overriding success, and some fans didn’t like what Rian Johnson did with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but they’ve still all be a damn sight better than the prequels (sorry prequel apologists, but those films were terrible, there’s no getting around that fact).
However, once this current trilogy comes to an end with The Rise Of Skywalker, Disney will be thinking about their future Star Wars movies, and things aren’t looking entirely clear as far as those movies are concerned.
Rian Johnson is reportedly working on a new trilogy, as are Game of Thrones creators, David Benioff and D.B Weiss, but people aren’t too happy with that idea after the final season of the popular HBO show.
This means that there could be room for other directors and creators to get their hands on the Star Wars property and do something interesting with it.
So, with that in mind, I decided to come up with a list of five directors I feel would make excellent movies set in a galaxy far, far away.
5. Alfonso Cuaron
When you look at the films Cuaron has made, you can’t help but marvel at how talented and versatile the man in. Children Of Men, Gravity, Roma, and before that he proved what a talent he was with Y Tu Mamá También. He also showed that he’s perfectly capable of directing a big Hollywood blockbuster which also happens to be part of one of the biggest movie franchises around when he did Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. That film also happened to be one of the best films in the Potter franchise. Personally, I consider it to be the best, but that’s just my own opinion.
Cuaron would make a visually stunning Star Wars movie and one which would also make you think. He’s great at delivering spectacle and getting actors to deliver their best performances. And with Roma, he proved that he’s also a pretty good director of photography, despite not being qualified for the job.
4. Taika Waititi
What can you say about Taika Waititi that hasn’t already been said? The guy is a great actor, writer, director, he’s rather dashing and incredibly funny. He’s the whole package. It’s already known that he’s on Lucasfilm President’s list of potential Star Wars directors, and they’d be lucky to have him.
He started off by directing a lot of shorts, and then made Eagle vs Shark, which led him onto directing episodes of the HBO comedy series, Flight of the Conchords. He’s since made What We Do In The Shadows, Hunt For The Wilderpeople and, of course, Thor: Ragnarok. He’s currently working on a film called Jojo Rabbit which sounds absolutely bonkers and features Waititi as the voice of an imaginary friend called Adolf Hitler. He’s also in line to direct the Akira movie and is directing an episode of the Star Wars series, The Mandalorian.
It’s no stretch to think that he could be promoted to directing a Star Wars picture, and the film he would make would certainly be worth watching.
3. The Wachowski Sisters
I honestly can’t think of two more ambitious directors working in Hollywood today. They changed the modern blockbuster forever when they released The Matrix, and they have carried on pushing the boundaries on cinema and television. Cloud Atlas is a movie that anyone interested in science fiction should watch. It may not be brilliant, but it was an impossible film to make, and they did it.
They only ever make what they want to make, and that’s resulted in some of the most ambitious and bizarre films you’ll ever see. The Matrix, Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending are all mad in their own ways and some may be better than others, but they all have flare and are all worth watching. Yes, even Jupiter Ascending.
However, some of their best work, in my opinion, was done in their Netflix series Sense8 which was cancelled unfairly and far too soon in my view. They would make a bonkers, but incredibly important Star Wars film if they were given the chance, and I genuinely think the franchise would be better for it.
2. The Russo Brothers
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and now Avengers: Endgame. That’s a CV that any director would be very proud of. Anthony and Joe Russo pulled off the impossible with all of these movies and completely changed the state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I highly doubt that it would be where it is today without them.
They’ve shown that they can handle practically anything that’s thrown at them. Given the fact that before The Winter Soldier they had just done episodes of Community, what they’ve achieved is even more impressive.
The last two Avengers movies, in particular, demonstrated that they have an ability to bring together a huge cast of stars and make it work, and that’s not easy. I’d be very interested to see what they could do with a property like Star Wars. Imagine the results in the Russo Brothers were given the keys to the Millennium Falcon? It really would be something to write home about, at least, I think so.
1. Denis Villeneuve
Is there anything that Denis Villeneuve can’t do? That’s a genuine question because when it comes to filmmaking I actually believe that the man’s a genius. Just look at all the incredible films he’s made in a relatively short career. Incendies, Prisoners, Enemy, Sicario, Arrival, Blade Runner 2049. They’re all brilliant. He’s now working on what will be arguably the biggest film of his career in Dune, which is a retelling of Frank Herbert’s novel.
Blade Runner 2049 was a perfect film, as was Arrival, and he demonstrated his unique ability to get the best out of actors in films like Prisoners and Sicario. There isn’t a more exciting filmmaker working in Hollywood today and I’m sure that Katheleen Kennedy has been dying to get him involved in the Star Wars franchise somehow. Apart from Christopher Nolan (yes, he’s not on this list. I happen to think he’d do a better Bond film than Star Wars one), I cannot think of anyone as exciting as Villeneuve working in film today.
Meanwhile, why not have a read of our articles on the 5 actors who could play Catwoman in The Batman, the 5 actors who could play The Penguin in the movie, and the 5 movies you should watch if you still think Robert Pattinson won’t be a good Batman.
In the meantime, why not catch up on your Star Wars knowledge by watching the previous films in the franchise, which you can purchase here! It’ll be worth your while, I promise.
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker will hit UK cinemas on December 19th, 2019.
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