Russo brothers at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con International in San Diego, California. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore.
After much speculation it seems the Russos were in early talks to direct Kevin Feige’s Star Wars movie after all. Of course recently Lucasfilm president indicated that Feige’s movie never really went anywhere. However, the movie was announced by Disney chairman Alan Horn and we knew Michael Waldron was scripting. At the time, when we thought the movie was happening, many fans pondered whether Feige would turn to the Russos?
The Russos were the most successful directing team to work on Feige’s MCU. The siblings directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and also the Avengers movies Infinity War and Endgame. Perhaps the one thing that seemed to rule the Russos out was the fact Waldron was writing. The Russos tend to work with their writing partners at AGBO, Markus and McFeeley (wrote all four MCU movies listed above).
However, it now turns out the Russos did have some early discussions about directing the movie. Whether this was after Waldron, or before, we have no idea. Check out what was said by Joe when the pair recently appeared on the Smartless Podcast.
“We love Star Wars,” Joe said. “There were early conversations, there were some early conversations with us. Kevin Feige is a huge Star Wars fan, and there were some early conversations about maybe teaming up with Kevin to do Star Wars.”
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It sounds to me like this was early doors. Perhaps they were not aligned with where Feige was thinking of going? It’s pointless speculation for now as the movie appears to be dead. Kennedy said nothing was ever developed, and that she never discussed an idea with Feige. Yet we know Feige met with the Russos to discuss directing the movie and he also had Michael Waldron writing a script. So….. Yeah, no idea if this movie will ever get resurrected.
I’m actually surprised at how much the Russos stock seems to ahve fallen with movie fans. Lately the Russos most recent projects have taken a lot of criticism and there were some Star Wars fans rejoicing that the Russos never got the gig. I struggle to get on board with that opinion. Have they watched the sequel trilogy? Is there anyone who thinks the Russos MCU movies were not all vastly superior to anything J.J. Abrams has ever done on film?
I guess I’m just getting old, it seems you have almost no room for error as far as fans are concerned these days. Unless your name is Zack Snyder, in which case you start a cult of worship.
So, the Russos were in early talks to direct Kevin Feige’s Star Wars movie after all. Are you disappointed this one never went anywhere, or are you pleased because you don’t like the Russos as directors? Thoughts below as always.