November 14th, 2012
04:25 PM ET
The force is strong with ... someone.
As Disney gets further along in its quest to continue the “Star Wars” franchise, more and more details are emerging — slowly.
Here are more behind-the-camera updates: MTV caught producer Frank Marshall, husband of new Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy, on the red carpet, and took the opportunity to ask about a galaxy far, far away.
“Do you have some inside info on the director of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’?” MTV’s Josh Horowitz asked Marshall.
“I do, but I can't reveal it, or I won't be alive tomorrow,” he said. (Helpful.)
He would say that the list has narrowed to only a couple of candidates, but would narrow it no further — which is no help, since said list of possible directors has included everyone from Christopher Nolan to Peter Jackson to Brenda Chapman, the original director of Pixar’s “Brave.”
The director question is complicated in part because Disney’s corporate reach is so big, and because it now controls so many big-name media properties that attract so many big-name filmmakers.
(The Disney-Marvel-“Avengers” connection is one reason the Internet is even tossing around Joss Whedon’s name as a candidate.)
But Marshall’s tease comes on the heels of several actual pieces of news: First was the report that Harrison Ford was interested in returning. Then the announcement that Michael Arndt would be writing the script.
And earlier this week, Carrie Fisher was on “The Talk” when “Star Wars” came up: was she looking forward to Princess Leia coming back?
“She’s never been gone,” Fisher said, sounding only slightly like she was joking. “As far as I know, she’s been with me forever.”
What about you: who’s your dream director, and are you hoping to see Fisher and Ford reunited?
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