Earlier this week, we had the opportunity to catch up with “Oblivion” director Joseph Kosinski to talk about the recently released trailer and excitement building around the project, and while we could’ve chatted with the “Tron: Legacy” director for days about the Tom Cruise-led sci-fi adventure, we couldn’t help but ask Kosinski about another highly anticipated project to which his name has been attached as a possible candidate : the new “Star Wars” movie.
So has Kosinski spoken with LucasFilm?
“I have not, I have not,” he said. “For me, I feel like, between ’Tron’ and ’Oblivion,’ I’ve gotten to fulfill my ’Star Wars’ fantasies, in a way. It’s flattering of you to mention, but like everyone else, I’m interested to see where they take it. I actually know the writer [Michael Arndt] on it very well; he’s a fantastic writer, and I think he’s perfect for the job, so I’m sure it will be a great story, and I can’t wait to see what they do with it.”
Kosinski said he has high hopes for the film and that he hopes whoever directs it will be able to showcase his or her own take on the epic franchise.
“It is tough. I mean, whoever does it hopefully will have the freedom to put their own stamp on it and present a unique vision,” he said. “Hopefully it will look and be something that no one’s expecting as the first ones were when they came out in the late ’70s. It’s a tricky challenge, but they’ve got really good people on it, so I’m sure they’ll figure something out.”
Now, since Kosinski mentioned the next “Tron” film, we had to ask for an update on where things stand with continuing the franchise beyond “Legacy.”
“We’ve got an idea for the next movie that’s really exciting to me. I mean, obviously, the only reason to go back would be if we could do something spectacular and really push the ideas forward that we had established in ’Legacy.’ We have an idea and an approach and a way into it that I’m really excited about, and now it’s about execution on the level of the script,” he explained. “So working hard on that in the background, and hopefully that’ll all come together.
“It’s still the same plan in that ’Tron 3’ would deliver on the promises set up at the end of ’Legacy’ in different ways,” he continued. “You look at what happened in the closing scenes of ’Legacy’; I think it sets a clear direction for what could happen in the next chapter.”