It appears that as soon as January, we could know who will take the helm in the upcoming first film of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, which has already targeted a 2015 release date.
With the announcement of Disney's $4.05 billion acquisition of George Lucas' own Galactic Empire (also known as "The Ultimate October Surprise") still sinking in for fans, the spigot of news had seemingly shut for the holiday season. Well, come New Year, the news should start flowing faster than a certain Corellian freighter making the Kessel Run.
Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy briefly talked with ComicBook.com, and while she claimed to have "no immediate update," she did reveal that the script by Toy Story 3 and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire scribe, Michael Arndt is being worked on as we speak and pre-production for the film will kick-off in the spring.
However, she also concluded that "hopefully in January" there could be an official announcement of some kind to make. -- An announcement that, with two short years until the film's release, would likely regard the much-speculated identity of the director.
Names like Matthew Vaughn, Jon Favreau, David Fincher, and even Steven Spielberg seem to be in circulation for this directorial dream job of all dream jobs. However, only one will get to raise this proverbial X-Wing from the swamp.