Carrie Fisher, Frank Marshall tease ‘Star Wars’ developments
November 14th, 2012
04:25 PM ET

Carrie Fisher, Frank Marshall tease ‘Star Wars’ developments

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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  1. Hey!

    you just spilled the beans...thank you g

    December 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Greg

    > “I do, but I can't reveal it, or I won't be alive tomorrow,” he said.

    That's right – the mouse does not take disloyalty lightly.

    December 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rob Driver

    The key is the story. As far as the director goes, as long as they don't sacrifice the story for effects any will do well. My biggest problem with 1-3 was the inconsistencies with the original three. Of course 1-3 was not going to be as good as the first three because you knew the ending so at least any new movies have that going for them. Just make sure that you have a good story the rest will fall into place.

    December 3, 2012 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jedi-Master-SalmonSlayer

      I just hope it gets back to "true" Star Wars. Han shot first and I wish he had shot Jar Jar Binks instead of Greedo.

      December 4, 2012 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Mister Jones

      Really? Because the "story" in the first (yeah, Ep. IV. Whatever) isn't really that strong at all. It got better in the second (Empire), which I would argue is the best, because the Empire has victories and that was (and is) fairly rare in cinema. However, Empire doesn't do very well as a standalone. And the story of the third sucks, because Ewoks are cute, but they shouldn't be able to defeat armored troops. Or anyone that has mastery of fire. Like a 12-year old with a zippo. Sorry, tangent. Anyway, I think the story was fairly weak in the movies, but the setting was unique, and the special effects had never been seen before. Now the story in the books and some of the games (KOTOR1 when you find out who Revan is) is some of the best around. This is real simple, take the Thrawn trilogy and put it on film. Forget cuteness, and the marketing will come. ... Wait. ... This is Disney. ... Never mind. Bring on the Suck.

      December 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Garth Bock

    Fisher as Leia ? She turned into Jabba the Hut......She was on some talk show and looked boozed out and burned out....taking hits on her e-Cig and trying to hide it......No thanks. She can play some extra in the cantina background. Maybe Mylie Cyrus as Leia ? She would have to dye her hair back to its real color.

    November 30, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Miley... Cyrus... as Leia?

      ...I'll take the "boozed-out, burnt-out" Fisher over that hack any day, thank you.

      (Also, how would that make sense in a sequel, when Leia has clearly aged?)

      December 5, 2012 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mark

    I think JJ Abrams would have done a better job with Episodes I – III than George Lucas did. Better by far. So if his name gets somehow associated with this project (highly unlikely unfortunately) I'd be super excited. As Plinkett said, "JJ Abrams should have directed the Star Wars prequels, and George Lucas should have directed people to their seats." Priceless.

    November 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      Anyone over the age of twelve would have done a better job that Lucas did.

      December 5, 2012 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. moose lips

    I wish the franchise would just die. It was novel when it came out but now? seriously? this is cheesy stuff.

    November 28, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Keith T. Maxwell

    JJ Abrams..... Saved and helped 'renew' the Star Trek franchise; he's the best qualified director to do it for Star Wars as well.

    Lots to do and see in the Star Wars universe and a vast, growing number of characters (your kids will get you up to speed); the old cast won't make or break Episodes 7, 8, and 9.... minor roles or cameos perhaps?

    November 27, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howie

      Abrams DESTROYED Star Trek. Complete loss of continuity from all that has come before. You simply cannot blow up the planet Vulcan and still claim to be part of the Star Trek universe. Movie was exciting, but NOT Star Trek.

      December 7, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mister Jones

      @Howie – I think that the planet Earth is the only planet NEEDED for the Star Trek universe. How many times (movies and TV) did they go to Vulcan in the old universe? Yes, Vulcans are absolutely necessary, as are Klingons, but actual travel to that planet is not. Vulcan can get by as a historical concpet. Most of their teachings were saved by the Council (or whoever they were). I don't think that losing one planet destroys the entire universe.

      December 13, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Loren

    Given Fisher and Ford's interplay in the first trilogy, it would be a delight to see them as an older married couple, a Mr. and Mrs. Smith in Space for the geriatric set. Much better humor to be found in the interplay between realistic characters than the forced humor of Jar Jar Binks, so may the force be with them.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rhiannon

    To whom it may concern, that is princess Leia, and let's not forget when we first meet our heros they are on the run and hiding in the garbage. It's nothing a day at the spa can't fix

    November 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Daniella Isaacs

    I think she looks fine. What's wrong with you trolls? Get back under your bridges till you reach puberty.

    November 15, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Mister Jones

      @ Daniellea – Then you obviously missed Return of the Jedi when she was chained to Jabba. THAT Princess Leia was hot. ... What is wrong with us? We have eyes. She USED to be hot, but this isn't a fine-wine equation. ... She is WAYYY downhill from her peak, and that was when I WENT through puberty.

      December 13, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Carrie Fisher(Picture Above)

    if she takes a shower, botoxes and washes her may work. she's way too sloppy

    November 15, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  12. metalhead65

    please tell me the cow in the picture will not be reprising the role of princess leiah. it is not bad enough they are trying to do everything in their power to ruin the legacy of the original films by making more under the star wars name but they want to make us suffer by having that thing in the picture play the role of leiah? it is bad enough seeing her now and thinking that she used to be her but to actually make the princess again? just plain revolting!

    November 15, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Well when an ass, such as yourself, can't even get the name of the character, Princess Leia – not Leiah, correct – it should not be surprising that your whining that nearly 35 years after the original film was released the actress doesn't look exactly the same is shameful. Wonder what your Mother looked like 35 years ago and looks like now...hmmm, my guess is not the same as well. To call a person a thing is horrible.

      November 15, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. Carrie Fisher

    hair looks dirty..what is wrong with these "stars".

    November 15, 2012 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. 1234 jab (s&t)

    your skum and i am not.

    November 14, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. your goal is to hurt me...

    and you never will (T&S)

    November 14, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |


    November 14, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Is monkey here?


    November 14, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Blue

    Wow, seriously? The only thing I learned from this fluffery was that Kathleen was married to Gary Marshall.

    November 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  19. AJ

    10? (I)

    November 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  20. AJ

    i'll be there around 10. lol

    November 14, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |

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