The King’s Man director Matthew Vaughn has always wanted to direct a sci-fi movie. But, due to circumstances of being one of the busiest directors in the industry, he never found the right project or the right place to do it.
“I fell in love with movies because of Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark, you know,” said Vaughn during a roundtable interview with The Nerds of Color. “I saw those movies very close to each other. So, I feel the Raiders thing — I’ve sort of did a bit of that with The Kingsman, but I’ve never come close to doing anything like Star Wars in the sense of sci-fi.”
Back in 2012, Vaughn was rumored to be one of the frontrunners to direct Episode VII, but Lucasfilm and Disney eventually hired J.J. Abrams for the film. Vaughn went on to direct The Kingsman films with the latest from the franchise, The King’s Man, set to open next week. Still, he would be interested in being part of the Star Wars Universe.
“Never say never,” quipped Vaughn. “So, the answer is — if they really wanted a proper Star Wars film — a proper one, a Star Wars movie that could be its own thing, I wouldn’t say no.”
Although Vaughn has been involved with many franchises — from The Kingsman to X-Men to Kick-Ass, Star Wars has always been the intellectual property that would always get his attention. Vaughn’s only fear regarding working in the Star Wars universe is that he would be seen as some sort of maverick.
“I would promise if I did it,” said Vaughn, “I’m not saying no one tries to make a good or bad film, but I would be meticulous on trying to protect the legacy of something I fell in love with.”
The King’s Man opens in theaters on December 22.