Lucas: “I don’t really have much to do” as Episode VII consultant

Access Hollywood tracked down George Lucas at the Governor’s Awards this weekend. They didn’t get much out of him, but overall? “I don’t really have much to do,” he said. (Snarkily?)

When asked about Steven Spielberg – who’s already taken himself out of the running for director – Lucas said “I’m pretty sure he’d never want to do that!”

Of course, the fourth video from the conversation with Kathleen Kennedy is due this week… So who knows?

Report: Fincher, Favreau both want in on Episode VII

Buried at the end of a post on Hollywood types acting badly online, Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. writes that both Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and David Fincher (The Social Network) are both interested in directing Episode VII.

Favreau “panting after this job” is anything but a suprise – it’s right in his wheelhouse and he’s already expressed excitement about the sequels, and having voiced a character on The Clone Wars probably won’t hurt his chances.

Fincher is a bit of a wild card – I didn’t know that he worked at Industrial Light & Magic in his early days (or that he directed Alien 3 – ouch) but I do know that his Girl with the Dragon Tattoo failed to ignite what many thought would be a promising film franchise. Still, he’s a director with plenty of respectable films (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button , Se7en, Fight Club) and a pair of Oscar nominations under his belt.

Disney’s Alan Horn on Lucasfilm, Episode VII

Vulture caught up with Disney chairman Alan Horn last night and, naturally, asked him about Lucasfilm and Star Wars. He revealed how many people knew about Episode VII: “A very small group,” He dodged the Matthew Vaughn rumor, though he did say we should hear it “soon” and that the announcement has to come from Kathleen Kennedy.

“We take very seriously the obligation to make a very good movie,” he told Vulture. “Kathy is a very experienced producer; George Lucas is the godfather of that franchise and very, very involved on a consulting basis, so we feel very confident.”

Need a laugh? Corey Feldman wants to play a Solo

I have a not at all irrational hatred for and dread of fan castings – that is, random fans picking actors to play their favorite characters. So, naturally I do not expect the pre-casting period for Episode VII to be a whole lot of fun in that respect.

But I have, for the most part, been able to shrug off most of the actors who’ve so far suggested or been asked if they’d like to be in the new movies. (Yes, even RPatz, that delightful little troll.) I mean, how many actors are actually going to say they don’t want to play a Jedi when asked point-blank?

But this? This, I have to admit, is a whole new kind of hilarious: Corey Feldman wants to play Han Solo’s kid.

I think Harrison Ford’s son is a really great idea, actually. Fans have always said that I would make a great Indiana Jones, a great Young Indiana Jones. We look very similar, we have the same type of bravado. The same character persona with the whole Edgar Frog thing. It is a good fit.”

Bwah. Delusions of grandeur indeed.

Mark Hamill: “I think it’s better to let Lucasfilm make the announcements.”

Mark Hamill’s new movie, Sushi Girl, had its premiere last night, so of course Hamill’s being asked about Episode VII.

“I just know that nothing’s been decided, whether we’re in or out,” he said to Coming Soon. But don’t expect any a Carrie-style snarking: “Until I know more about what they have in mind, I think it’s better to let Lucasfilm make the announcements,” he told E!

Meanwhile, SFX asked him where he’d see an older Luke Skywalker:

I remember when we were making the first trilogy I thought… When I realized they were gonna make the princess my sister, I said, “You know where this is headed? It’s headed for Obi-Wan territory, where I’m in a desolate hovel, as an elderly recluse.” But I’ve heard other ideas, like you say – somebody who’s training Jedi.

“I never, ever dreamed that we would do any more movies. And so I really sort of let it go,” he said.

The Kasdan/Kinberg rumors deepen! Producing Episodes VIII/IX, but writing something else?

The Hollywood Reporter says their source tells them that Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg – while hired – “will be writing separate projects” that may not necessarily be Episode VIII and Episode IX – though they still may be signed on as producers for them.

“Their scripts could turn into official ‘Episodes’ in the main Skywalker storyline, or they could form the basis for spinoffs focusing on side characters,” THR writes.

And, nope – none of this is in any way confirmed yet!

Rumor du jour: Matthew Vaughn back in Episode VII director rotation? (Did he ever leave?)

So it seems that actor Jason Flemyng – who played Azazel in X-Men: First Class – told the U.K. site DIY that director Matthew Vaughn is indeed working on Episode VII. (Yes, they typo’ed.) Of course, Flemyng could just be having a tease, or repeating the earlier rumor. (Via, with a hat tip to @PunkRockSonja.)

UPDATE: And there’s video of Flemyng’s comment.

For what it’s worth, Vaughn himself has yet to deny that he (or isn’t) up for Star Wars. On that note, Colin Trevorrow denies his involvement – again. (Turns out, he’s doing a remake/reboot of Flight of the Navigator.) And yes, the Kasdan/Kinberg thing is still unconfirmed!

Episode VII roundup: Kennedy in, McCallum out

Behind the scenes. IGN’s Lucy O’Brien has a nice profile of Kathleen Kennedy, “Star Wars’ new Emperor,” and her film-making resume.

Meanwhile, shuffling up into the spotlight is the news that Rick McCallum has retired from Lucasfilm. The big question seems to be where this leaves the live-action series, which McCallum has been the main ambassador for and which hasn’t been much mentioned since D-Day. Honestly, given what’s been said of it so far, it’s one project that I don’t really mind staying on the back burner for a while longer.

Outside looking in. Scott Myers looks at some of the recent information and surmises that Disney may be taking the Pixar approach to Star Wars story development.

Actors. The real question is who doesn’t want in on Star Wars, but thus far we’ve heard from Derek Jacobi, David Tennant, plus Thor’s Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston.