It's franchise hopping time for director Michelle MacLaren, as her name has allegedly appeared as one of the frontrunners to helm the second Star Wars Anthology standalone movie.
Though this is all currently speculation led by the guys over at Meet The Movie Press, the brilliant director, known for her work on household institutions such as Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, has been in talks with LucasFIlm regarding the Boba Fett anthology project that Josh Trank recently left in his dust trails.
Despite no official word being released on which directors have been invited by LucasArts for a casual chat round the roundtable of instant fame/hate, more nuggets of maybes have been slipping through the net, but this time in the shape of Jon Favreau and Matthew Vaughn who have also been rumored for the hot seat. A veritable dream team of directors!
But before we get too excited over the prospect of having such a stalwart of great TV taking on fresh Star Warsian lore, MacLaren's significant lack of experience directing cinematic features has to be brought into account, as Warner Bros. did earlier this year when MacLaren was briefly tied down to direct Wonder Woman.
The two parties decided to part, citing the Overlord of Vague Reasons - "creative differences" - as the catalyst for the sudden fork in the road split. Something tells me it was down to MacLaren wanting WW to be an epic, swords and sorcery origin-tale, whilst Warner Bros. desired a more character-driven world-builder, and MacLaren's supposed struggle to adapt to large-scale action productions.
Though it may seem like a strange idea not handing the keys of that far, far away galaxy's front door to MacLaren, seeing as Hollywood is currently digging the idea of gifting top IPs to indie directors (I'm looking at you Alan Davies & Colin Trevorrow), the feature is still miles away from production, so who knows what may happen.
But, as I touched upon earlier, MacLaren is a director of outstanding skill, so here's hoping we get to see her apply her magic to a great cinematic IP in the coming future.