Finding the Right Fit for Star Wars Episode VII
Alyssa Rosenberg pushes back against the idea of handing Joss Whedon the keys to the pop culture kingdom, arguing against the creator of Buffy and Firefly running the next Star Wars movie. According to her, Whedon has a few weaknesses that would hamper a revitalizing of the franchise. He’s regularly indifferent to the dramatic power of actual action sequences, and he has a peculiar style for writing witty dialogue that wouldn’t translate well to the likes of Han Solo and Princess Leia.
Rosenberg also suggests that some of the writers who have worked with Whedon, Jane Espenson or Marti Noxon for example, may be better at bringing a much needed feminist sensibility to the Star Wars universe, and she prefers a director with skills and perspectives better suited to making that universe come alive, such as Kathryn Bigelow or Patty Jenkins.
All good points, but, like Alex Knapp, I fancy Whedon taking a shot at the series. At least at some point. Star Wars provides a vast enough territory to accommodate multiple stories from diverse filmmakers. I would rather not see the franchise fall into the hands of another George Lucas whose narrow vision orders everything. Let us have twenty new loosely-related movies, each with its own writer and director doing mostly his or her or their own thing. For this next project, however, I’m inclined to agree with Rosenberg that Whedon wouldn’t be the best fit. Kathryn Bigelow or Brad Bird would be wiser choices.