Who will direct 'Star Wars VII'? (poll)

George Lucas will hand over the reins for the "Star Wars" universe after selling his company to Disney, but who do you think will direct the next sequel?

George Lucas hands the "Star Wars" universe to Disney. Disney

The Walt Disney Co. has announced plans to make "Star Wars VII" for release in 2015, but it has yet to announce who the director will be.

Meanwhile, George Lucas will stay on as a creative consultant at Lucasfilm and the now-Disney-owned company will now be run by mega-producer Kathleen Kennedy.

'Star Wars': Old school versus new

Who is likely to direct "Star Wars VII"?

But are you looking forward to a new movie? The second trilogy wasn't well-received by critics -- or long-term fans -- both of whom complained that Lucas had lost touch with his audience, with creations like Jar Jar Binks as exhibit A.

As a "Star Wars" fan myself, my problem with the new trilogy was that it lacked a sarcastic counterpoint to the cutesiness and pseudo-theology. It needed another Han Solo.

George Lucas said that he believes stories set in the "Star Wars" universe will continue for years to come.

"I've always believed that 'Star Wars' could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime," Lucas said.

While the "Star Wars" franchise is still going strong -- a new spoof series, "Star Wars: Detours," is to air in 2013 -- fans will expect much more from another movie (or trilogy). But who will Disney get to take the reins?

Unfortunately, Irvin Kershner -- director of what is widely considered the best "Star Wars" film, "The Empire Strikes Back" -- died in 2010. But the writer of "Empire" is still very much alive. Could writer/director Lawrence Kasdan be coaxed back to the series after 30 years?

Or will Lucasfilm be looking for a blockbuster? There's no one better at the big dumb popcorn movie than Michael Bay, though fans will likely tear their hair out (again!) if this ever happens.

Or will the producers make the sensible choice and pick a man who's (A) good at big brainy blockbusters, (B) great at dialogue, and (C) directed his fair share of science fiction? Do I even need to mention his name? (Hint: it rhymes with Bloss Phredon.)

 

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