HOLLYWOOD, CA – JUNE 09: Directors Steven Spielberg (L) and George Lucas arrive at American Film Institute’s 44th Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams at Dolby Theatre on June 9, 2016 in Hollywood, California. 26148_005 (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Turner)
1. Steven Spielberg
The ties between George Lucas and Steven Spielberg are well known. The two filmmakers have been friends since the 1970s, and created the classic franchise, Indiana Jones.
Spielberg has been a quiet advisor to Lucas for a long time. In fact, he is credited as a guest/assistant director on Revenge of the Sith.
Spielberg’s filmography features several science fiction classics like ET and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Aside from Sci-Fi, Spielberg made Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan. These four films are only a few of his vast collection of critically acclaimed films.
These connections and Spielberg’s frequent involvement with sci-fi make it a no-brainer that he would eventually take the director’s chair on a Star Wars set.
Spielberg directing a Star Wars film might be a pipe dream. In 2016, he told reporters, “I’m never going to make a Star Wars film. That’s not my genre. It’s certainly my buddy’s — the Thomas Edison of science fiction, George Lucas, who created the entire series. But that was never for me. I’m just a fan; I’m just with everybody else in the audience watching them.”
This quote does not mean that Spielberg cannot change his mind and make one of the greatest Star Wars movies in history.
Do you have a director you would like to see at the helm of a Star Wars movie?