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Mark Romanek: He’s just such an amazing visual stylist, I’d love to see what he’d do with this kind of well-established material. He made his name as a music video director, including the superexpensive space-age video for Michael Jackson’s “Scream.” But the couple of features he’s made — “One Hour Photo” and “Never Let Me Go” — were so gorgeous and had such a signature look, I’d be curious to see what he could do with a bigger toy box

Kathryn Bigelow: A pioneering female action director, she proved she had a way with big, splashy set pieces two decades ago with “Point Break” and became the first woman to win the best-director Oscar for “The Hurt Locker.” I’d love to see this male-centric universe from a female perspective.

Guillermo del Toro: This is my dream “Star Wars” director. Of course, it will never happen. The ingenious maker of “Pan’s Labyrinth” and the “Hellboy” movies has a visual style that’s so wonderfully weird and inspired, it would never be allowed in such a structured setting. But it would be wondrous to watch.

Ben Affleck: Probably not the first name you would have thought of a month ago. But “Argo” proved that Mr. Affleck is a major filmmaker, and showed he could step deftly from the intimate drama of “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Town” into a much larger and more complicated project. Plus it would allow him to redeem himself with fan boys following the debacle of “Daredevil.”