While recording the Talk Star Wars podcast the other night (goes live on Monday!), Steve mentioned to me that Ron Howard had been approached to direct Star Wars Episode I The Phanthom Menace. I've heard heard this before. As far as I knew George had always planned to do the prequels solo, but now Collider gave a piece where we learn Ron Howard wasn't the first, or even the second person approached to direct the prequels...
George Lucas and Ron Howard go way back to my favourite movie (certainly by Geroge!), American Grafitti. Lucas hired Ron Howard to play Steve Bowlander in the movie and Ron took the opportunity to pick the young directors brain about a career. George famously advised Ron to pursue a career in animation saying;
Ron once remarked that this was a director, telling his actor that he'd rather not have to deal with him. Deal with him he did though, and not only on Grafitti. Ron would go on to direct Willow for George, who had settled into his role of independent film producer.
In the 90's when technology had caught up to his imagination, Lucas decide to return to the Star Wars well and, according to Ron Howard, approached a couple of directors before deciding to call action himself.
I wonder what a Speilberg or Zemekis, or indeed a Ron Howard Star Wars movie would have looked like. I have to say Ron Howard's holds the most interest for, especially after Apollo 13. In the run up to the release of In The Heart Of The Sea, which looks stunning, it's interesting to consider what a Ron Howard directed A Star Wars Story stand alone would look like.
What do you think, would a Ron Howard directed Star Wars have been better? How about a Speilberg or Zemekis Star Wars movie? Can you imagine either of those directors tackling one of the new films? Leave your thoughts below...
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