This weekend has given us a plethora of Star Wars news thanks to Star Wars Celebration in Orlando. One of the most interesting pieces of news stems from Star Wars Rebels producer Dave Filoni who was asked by Coming Soon if he’d be interested in directing a live-action Star Wars movie down the road. Here’s what he had to say:
“I’d be crazy to say I’m not interested in that. I don’t want to say that would be the ultimate, because I really enjoy the stories I’m telling now and I would never undercut them by saying they’re something less. I think the craft we do and the work we do in these series is tremendous and the artists we have working on them are amazing. But I can’t help but be curious about this live-action world and what I see there and the tremendous opportunities that are around me. It is very interesting to me, I respect the craft that it is, it’s a different style. I’ve been observing and learning a lot about it to see how I would do (it) and if it fits with my creative vision for things or would I encumber the process. I don’t do things like that unless I feel like I do have a real ownership and mastery of it, I just think it’s disrespectful to the crew that you would work with, who would obviously been tremendous professionals and I wouldn’t want to hinder them in any way. You know, we’ll see. In some circles you find you’re a master and in some circles you’re still a Padawan, we should always be learning, all of us. Always be learning.”
Dave Filoni has been an important part of Star Wars in the animated front, as he’s directed both the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated film and select episodes of the TV show. In addition, Dave Filoni oversees all animation projects at LucasFilm. Clearly a mastermind at his craft, Filoni knows what works and doesn’t, which is why it’s great to hear that he’s willing to make the jump to live-action.
The next film in the Star Wars saga is The Last Jedi, which is directed by Rian Johnson and stars Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, and newcomers to the franchise Kelly Marie Tran, Benicio del Toro, and Laura Dern.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15.