Wes Anderson Says He'd Be Fired From Star Wars

Wes Anderson's most successful movie at the box office was The Royal Tenenbaums...which managed to pull in a grand total of $52 million at the domestic box office. The simple truth is that the writer/director has never been a big blockbuster filmmaker, and probably never will be. It does remain an interesting thought, however. What if Anderson were to be put in charge of one of Hollywood's biggest franchises? What would the result be? Well, according to Anderson himself he thinks he would be fired from the gig.

Deadline recently had the opportunity to sit down for a chat with the Moonrise Kingdom auteur and with the knowledge that Star Wars was one of the films that inspired him to become a director, they asked him what would happen if he were hired to helm Star Wars Episode VII. "Well I have a feeling I would probably ultimately get replaced on the film because I don’t’ know if I have all the right action chops," Anderson replied. "But at least I know the characters from the old films."

But while he may not be up for a full feature set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, apparently Anderson thinks he could do something with everyone's favorite scruffy looking nerf herder. In the same chat the director pitched the idea for a project telling the back story of Han Solo. "I could do that pretty well," he said. "But maybe that would be better as a short."

Can anyone say "Blu-ray special feature?" While we may never get to see Anderson's version of Star Wars, however, we do at least have this skit from Conan/em>:

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