Now Abrams and Favreau chime in: Would they direct Star Wars VII?

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

It's a game of musical chairs out there right now, with everyone wondering who might tackle the next installment in the Star Wars saga. Well, now two more big names have chimed in on whether they'd be interested in the job.

First up, J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Lost). He's already rebooted Star Trek (as a non-fan, apparently), so why not tackle the other famous Star series? Oddly enough, Abrams isn't very interested in directing, because he's too much of a fan.

He told Hollywood Life:

"Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time. I frankly feel that - I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn't have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more than anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!"
Though Abrams might not be that into the gig, Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens) is much more open to throwing his hat into the ring. The sci-fi veteran gushed about the franchise and was downright "giddy" at the news:
"I think both J.J. and I come from a generation of people who formed our whole creative persona around what we experienced as kids from watching those films, and I have had the good fortune of working with George [Lucas] and around George, and whether it is doing a voice on Clone Wars, or being at the Skywalker Ranch mixing Iron Man - so I have been very happy and lucky to just experience the culture that Lucas has created, both in my own life growing up as a kid and professional - whether it was interviewing him at film festivals on stage, he is just a really wonderful, talented gifted guy who has changed the business so much, so I am just giddy, first and foremost as a fan, to see what happens with it. I think there is a lot of question marks of how they are going to do it, and who they are going to do it with, and what the story is going to be about; but to say that I am not excited about it is definitely an understatement. We'll see."
Hmm, interesting. Though some fans are divided on Abrams' skills, it's hard to argue that he's not a hitmaker. If it goes anywhere, Favreau could be an interesting choice, and he definitely has experience at handling blockbusters a la Iron Man.

Of course, this is assuming the gig doesn't end up going to Colin Trevorrow or Matthew Vaughn first.

What do you think? Who are you pulling for?

(Via Hollywood Life)

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