A year ago, there was much debate about who would be directing the next installment of the Star Wars franchise as three directors were narrowed as finalists for the job. The gig eventually went to Star Trek helmer J.J. Abrams but there were two other guys mentioned in connection to the job.
One of them, Chef director Jon Favreau, spoke about his time connected to the Star Wars sage while at South by Southwest this weekend and gave insight into how close he was to taking on the dream job. The answer: not close at all.
Favreau did mention though that had he actually been asked to direct the film, he would have been all over it in a heartbeat.
“I didn’t go after it,” Favreau said, “but it’s one of those things that, as people would say they weren’t going to do it, and as there were questions coming my way as to my availability… I was really scared of the idea that nobody was gonna [do it], and so if they had come to me, I don’t know how you say no to that thing.”
You know you’re talking to a Star wars fan — and a lover of filmmaking — when you’ make a picture just so it would get made. Usually that’s a bad thing (See: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), but Favreau has proven he has big budget mojo and his work on Iron Man and Iron Man 2 would have made him an interesting choice for Star Wars.