'Star Wars: Episode VIII' May Get Director Alfonso Cuaron?

Plus Simon Pegg shoots down a rumor that he will be involved in J.J. Abrams' 'Star Wars: Episode VII'.
Alfonso Cuaron may be in contention to direct Star Wars: Episode VIII
Alfonso Cuaron may be in contention to direct Star Wars: Episode VIII
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.

Here's what this anonymous source had to say about J.J. Abrams directing Star Wars: Episode VII, which apparently sets up Alfonso Cuarón to direct the follow-up.

"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.



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."

Star Wars: Episode VIII comes to theaters in 2017.



Sources: MarketSaw

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  1. undeadslayer4

    nice more movies to keep me busy

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  2. andrewchiba

    this is best news ever

    2 years agoby @andrewchibaFlag

  3. MovieManiac

    OH for f*cksakes, why can't Disney just focus on one film at a time? Nonsense.

    2 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  4. The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

    I doubt any of this will actually happen. Look how long it took to finalize anything for Ep 7.

    2 years agoby @cryptFlag

  5. SherlockHolmes2009

    I loved his work in Children of Men, would welcome him to direct Episode VIII

    2 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  6. Fry_3000

    I think he'd be perfect for ep 8, I think he'll bring a great vision to it

    2 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  7. Writer220

    Great pick he really did a great job on POA

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  8. ROFLitschristian

    @narrator Prisoner of Azkaban is fantastic. I put it in second because it was better pretty much all of the others, even DH2. It was better than all of them... except Half-Blood Prince. None of them came close to the emotion and atmosphere of Half-Blood Prince. Easily the best of the series. But PoA gave it a run for its money. :P

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  9. Ghostman

    @narrator I never liked Azkaban that much. But as I grew older and watched it, I found the movie to be visual and artistically great.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  10. the Narrator

    I have to disagree, @ghostman. They definitely had better pacing, looked better visually (though PoA was amazing looking for it's time) and offered a bit more of an emotional punch. Unfortunately, all of those things are attributed to the fact that they came later on in the timeline. They had several more films to establish character development, and of course, they were the finale. That doesn't mean they were better "films", only that they had a more satisfying emotional pay off. Other than that, the last two films, much like the last book, were full of so many holes that almost all enjoyment was taken out of it were we looking at the films objectively. Prisoner of Azkaban (time-turner aside) has none of these faults. But... to each their own. :D

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  11. Ghostman

    @narrator Deathly Hallows (Parts 1 and 2)

    @bawnian-dexeus Well, Abrams does have Star Trek 3 to work with. I'm fine with having three different directors for three films.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  12. the Narrator

    @ROFLitschristian Second best, you say? Hear, hear! enlighten me as to which installment toppled the masterpiece of adolescence that was Prisoner of Azkaban! Lol.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  13. moviegeek

    This guy is a great director.

    2 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  14. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Dafuq? I thought Abrams would be locked for the new trilogy? Good lord

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  15. Josh

    And yeah, Cuaron would be an amazing fit.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  16. Josh

    I think the reference to Skywalker's children is probably referring to Leia's not Luke's children, if they're even remotely following the outline of the EU. I know they've said they aren't following that and are telling their own stories, but I feel like they're at least taking elements from it.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  17. ROFLitschristian

    This is the guy that directed the second best Harry Potter film. I say bring him on!

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  18. Sean

    @playhouse I couldn't agree more!

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  19. Playhouse

    Cuaron doing a SW film is much more interesting than Abrams doing one.

    2 years agoby @playhouseFlag

  20. Corey W.

    I don't want to read any Stars Warsa episode VIII rumors till I see episode VII.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  21. the Narrator

    Cuaron would make a batsh*t awesome and visually gorgeous Star Wars film, but I don't know if he'd want to do it. These strange "sources" turn out to be false more often than not anyway.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag