The world went nearly week without speculation surrounding the director of "Star Wars: Episode VII," but it's come roaring back with a vengeance this weekend, as Deadline's Mike Fleming reports that both Jon Favreau and David Fincher's names have recently emerged in discussion surrounding the sequel.
According to Fleming, Favreau is "panting after the job," while David Fincher "might be in the game" to direct one of the films. Fleming cites Fincher's time spent at Lucasfilm's Industrial Light and Magic as a reason the director might be interested (though the director himself hasn't spoken about the film at all).
Favreau himself is one of the few guys not to outright deny interest in the project when asked about it, and he'd be a natural choice given his history with both Lucasfilm and Disney.
None of this is official, of course, as Lucasfilm has been content to let the rumor mill essentially burn itself to the ground with endless speculation.
One name that's been hovering around Episode VII almost since its announcement is Matthew Vaughn. The "X-Men: First Class" director quickly dropped out of helming that film's follow-up and gave no indication what he'd be moving on to.
Earlier this week, the Vaughn rumor was revived when frequent collaborator Jason Flemyng was asked about the director's interest in the project. He seemingly let it slip that Vaughn's involvement isn't a rumor, but it's also difficult to tell just how serious Flemyng is since he seems to be joking during several parts of the interview.
At this point, it seems as though the internet will do anything it can to catch a scent of "Star Wars" news, but Lucasfilm has already indicated that all official announcements will be made at the official website, which hasn't updated the status of "Episode VII" since confirming Michael Arndt's scripting duties on the sequel.