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Joss Whedon not directing Star Wars Episode VII


"I felt a great disturbance in the Force; as if millions of fans suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced..."

Joss Whedon uses the Force to protect his crowded schedule from 'Star Wars Episode VII' (2015); fanboys cry "Noooo!"

According to CNN, geek auteur Joss Whedon wishes he could direct Star Wars Episode VII, but can't because of Marvel Studios. Even if he were to be offered the job, he's already going to be very busy writing and directing The Avengers 2, making the TV show S.H.I.E.L.D., and consulting on other Marvel movies.

There are few fanbases as passionate as those of Star Wars and of Joss Whedon. And when the two combine, no power in the 'Verse and no Force in the galaxy far, far away can stop them. So when Star Wars Episode VII was announced, Joss Whedon was one name on almost every geek's director wishlist. Before the phenomenal success of last summer's The Avengers, it seemed like the kind of fantasy the possibility of which actually happening was approximately 3,720 to 1. (Never tell a Joss Whedon fan the odds. ("They have the advantage over us, sir."; "They always do."))

But now that The Avengers has become the third-highest grossing film of all time at the box office with $1.5 billion worldwide (not adjusted for inflation), it seems like the perenially-cancelled Joss Whedon could now get to make any movie he wanted to*, provided he has time. And there's the problem, since Joss is now busier than a Slayer on a night other than Halloween. Of course, given how prolific he is already, he could probably still do it, but that would mean revealing his superhero identity/Active status/Alliance brain-modification. Because there's no way someone so talented can not have some kind of superpowers.

Joss Whedon said:

"I'm as angry as you should be...When I heard that [they were making Star Wars Episode VII] I was like, 'I wonder... no, I really can't do that. Oh, I already have a job.' I wouldn't clear the Avengers. I'm having so much fun with that sequel right now, just with the script, that I couldn't imagine not doing it."

(From the first sentence, it sounds like he wants to Hulk Smash the time-space continuum...)

Ten years after his space opera TV series Firefly was cancelled, Joss Whedon is now too successful to direct Star Wars. He has done the impossible, and that makes him mighty. (In that case, if "Impossible to see, the future is", as Yoda says, then does that mean that Joss Whedon knows the future of the Star Wars franchise?)

Anyway, as far as his opinions on how the movie should play out:

""Oh I've got a lot of things. Where's that list I'm carrying on me?" Whedon joked. "But you know, I'd like to see a little edge. We all missed the Han [Solo] of it. It all got very portentous, which was justified by the story, but I think we'd all like to see a little anarchy in the mix.""

In any case, time considerations aside (and let's not forget, Joss Whedon once ran three TV shows at once), Joss Whedon has signed an exclusive three-year deal with Marvel for film and television until July 2015, so he couldn't work on a Star Wars film anyway. Of course, since Disney owns Marvel, and Disney now also owns Lucasfilm and thus Star Wars, they'd almost certainly be willing to alter the terms of the deal (but not in a Darth Vader way), provided it didn't interfere with his work for Marvel. Thus, it's still technically possible that he could be brought in to consult/script doctor/fix/make even more awesome the screenplay, like he did with Captain America: The First Avenger, say. Though at this stage, it's still very much wishful (and, given Joss' schedule, unfeasible) thinking.

However, Joss' brother Zack Whedon has written a Star Wars comic, which accompanied his Serenity one he wrote for Free Comic Book Day. And Zack is a part of the Whedonverse, having written for Doctor Horrible itself, Doctor Horrible comics, and Serenity comics. (Also, in terms of Whedonverse/Star Wars writer crossovers, the Buffy writers Douglas Petrie and Drew Z. Greenberg have both written for the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars.)

The Avengers 2 is scheduled for May 2015; the same year for which Star Wars Episode VII is planned.

* Which is awesome, but also deeply weird at the same time, since Joss Whedon fans are conditioned to expect happiness to be suddenly followed by heart-crushing tragedy. (Maybe, in some nightmarish turn of events, Joss Whedon's nemesis, Fox, will buy (Disney and) Marvel, cancel all of Joss Whedon current projects for them, not commission any more, and then hold him to the terms of his three-year exclusive contract for film and television, so that he can't make any movies or TV until July 2015. Or longer, if they strategically wait until just after he renews his contract...)


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