Seems every blog has a list like this over the past week. The atom bomb in the geek world is the purchase of our beloved Lucasfilm Ltd. by the evil Disney corp. which seems to be vacuuming up a large swath of the entertainment industry. Especially the popular nerd Houses of Henson, Marvel, and Pixar. Who's in charge there and what does his mother's basement look like? Probably gets more sunshine than most nerd caves.
But guess what? Disney doesn't seem so evil. At least not the corporate pricks of the 90's Evil. They've done good letting the various ships steer themselves. At least that's what it looks like for the outside.
Well, according to some blog's wish lists, Joss Whedon would be the most best to head this franchise. While I love Whedon and company I don't think he'd be the best choice. He's not the right fit to direct. Nor do I think Chris Nolan to be the best alternate. (Nerds these days).
On a sidenote, I find
nerds geeks to be increasingly myopic. They don't seem to be willing to look outside the box. Perhaps they've become a little too hip for their own good and don't want to rock the boat. But Nerds have always rocked the boat...it's what we do. Rock the boat to see what's wrong with it then build a better one.
Here's my shortlist for Kathleen Kennedy. I'm sure she knows what she's doing and maybe Micheal Arndt knows what he's doing. So let's think of this as our own Fantasy Football. In no particular order:
Who: Gareth Evans - Director of Monsters, new Godzilla
Why?? Well, more like the writer/director/visual effects producer/caterer/grip/camera operator/costume designer/driver of Monsters. Well received, this little gem of a monster movie doesn't have many monsters in it but the threat is pretty palpable. Also, I believe the budget for the film was less than 20 grand. Most likely, Evans' limit on his credit card (and his ex-girlfriend's?) and a yard sale or two. So, with the talent to put together an all round pretty great little flick like that, I can't wait to see what he does with Godzilla. I have high hopes.
I find he has a subtle style that doesn't get in the way of the storytelling. He knows FX (I've watched his How-To videos on AfterEffects) and has a good sense of Epic. Something he shares with Kersh.
Who: Joe Cornish - Director of Attack the Block, co-writer of Tintin and the upcoming Ant Man
Why?? Easy. Have you seen Attack the Block? Rightfully acknowledged as a masterpiece of the genre, it was hugely successful for a little indie Brit-pulp. Not to mention he's part of the Wright Crowd. Solid filmmakers, the lot of them. Fans too. Uber-fans you might say. Cornish and Wright et al would have such a great take on Star Wars. It'd be better than Pooh-bear in the honey tree.
Who: Ruben Fleischer - Director of Zombieland, 30 Minutes or Less & Gangster Squad
Why?? Solid storytelling skills and great at the character details. He can handle scary (zombie clown) and funny (The Cameo) like Gretzky in a crowded goalie crease. Thirty Minutes was unexpectedly great. I didn't expect it to hold a candle to Zombieland when I saw the first trailer because Zombieland was also unexpectedly awesome. I though it might be good but not that good! Right from the opening credits he had my attention. Much like another director not directly mentioned in this list.
Who: Duncan Jones - Director of Moon, Source Code
Why?? David Bowie's kid is a Nerd of the first order. A talented storyteller with unconventional narratives, excellent character details, great sense of genre and an excellent tweeter. Again, the opening credits of Moon told me that I was in for a ride with a confident and assured storyteller. Moon didn't disappoint. Neither did Source Code! Seriously, two for two. While Moon was more overtly sci-fi with it's great production design, Source Code was more cerebral. Excuse the pun but it was. Both were handled expertly with tricky material that would trip up a less skilled filmmaker.
Who: Rupert Wyatt - Director of Rise of the Apes
Why?? Handed what had to be a mess, he made what nobody expected: a good film. Lean on style, fat on character. Nobody was what you thought they were. And everyone was motivated. If someone did something stupid it was because they were ultimately motivated by selfishness. Which is what drives most of us anyway. But the characters populating RotA had good, solid reasons to be selfish and eminently relatable. Which in turn creates great drama. Who saw that coming in a film, most certainly, everyone thought was unnecessary??
I bet producers on this film thought it was just another throw away reboot. A complete crap shoot. Rupert Wyatt cared, that's for sure. He ignited the franchise and his career. I can't wait for his next project.
So there you have it: my first top 5 list. Let me know what you think or offer some other suggestions in the comments!