While Disney is moving full-steam ahead on Star Wars: Episode VII, with J.J. Abrams directing from a Michael Arndt script, a new rumor has surfaced regarding Star Wars: Episode VIII. According to an oddly-worded insider scoop at MarketSaw, Alfonso Cuarón may be in contention to direct Star Wars: Episode VIII.
"J.J. Abrams name was brought up to me numerous times, but only in reference to re-brand and ground up respect for world building that the franchise was looking to take back then. Very sneaky. Interesting to see he was offered the most coveted and feared gig in cinema history. Ultimately he is the perfect choice to direct Episode VII, and set up the franchise to steward through the first trilogy. The names I mentioned to you before, remember them (EDITOR'S NOTE: my source's director list can be found here). Alfonso Cuarón especially. Trust me."
The director source list is from back in November, just after Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm, which includes a number of directors such as Steven Spielberg and Matthew Vaughn, both of whom publicly denied any interest in Star Wars: Episode VII. Then again, so did J.J. Abrams, at first.
Alfonso Cuarón is well known for directing a wide range of movies, including the Charles Dickens adaptation Great Expectations, the critically-acclaimed foreign film Y Tu Mama Tambien, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Children of Men. The filmmaker returns with his first feature in nearly seven years with the sci-fi thriller Gravity, opening on October 4.
This new story also reveals that Simon Pegg, who stars as Scotty in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek franchise, will, "be involved in some capacity" on Star Wars: Episode VII. However, the actor himself took to his Twitter page an hour ago to debunk this part of the story.
No idea where this silly rumour about me attached to the new Star Wars film came from but I can confirm that it's absolute Bantha poodoo.— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) February 26, 2013
This mysterious insider also spoke about how the new trilogy will focus on Luke Skywalker's children, with "dual personalities" said to be developed among the offspring, much like Anakin Skywalker.
"As far as I know Episode VII was then, and is now, focusing on the Skywalker's offspring. As I told you before, I believe duel personalities develop, akin to Anakin and Obi Wan, and Luke and Vader in the first trilogies, which as far as I am aware, is the driving force behind the new trilogy. Things may change however, but I doubt it, this has been long in the making.
The focus is on the original trilogy in regards of reverence and tone. Remember I told you before that the tone was important, well I believe they are really taking that seriously. From everything I know, they're focusing on that directly. Remember everything has the ability to change drastically, as Star Wars right now apart from the twin trilogies is a huge blank canvas. However, the trilogies ongoing narrative will continue to focus on that particular branch, whereas the stand alone movies, will fill and expand the voids in between in multiple timelines, and have potential to then be franchised themselves in regards to the worlds they open up."