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Brad Bird Says "No" To 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Ever since Star Wars: Episode VII was announced, the internet has burst with lists of directors being suggested.  Almost every director known for action films has been asked about taking the seat.  Some have openly turned it down (Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams), while some have said they're open (Joe Johnston and John Favreau) to taking the project.  One director to add to the former list is fan favorite Brad Bird, best known for The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.  Unfortunately, he has other things on his plate.

Yesterday, over a series of tweets, Bird said, "Nope (responding to whether his next film was Star Wars).  A science fiction film. Not Star Wars...That said, Michael Arndt is a fantastic writer and Kathy Kennedy is a brilliant producer. I will be first in line to see the new STAR WARS."

The other film that Brad Bird is talking about is 1952, an upcoming tent pole film that's been compared to Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

I'm not gonna lie, this was a pretty big bummer for me.  I've had reservations about almost every candidate who has been brought forward, but Brad Bird seemed like the perfect fit.  He's proven he can do both action and story well, all without losing that sense of fun that the mother of sci-fi franchises needs.  Who is your ideal choice to direct the next chapter in the Star Wars saga?

Reader Comments (2)

Crossing 'em off. I still think Joe Johnston would be THE guy to start the new trilogy off again from where it left off with "Return of the Jedi". Gary Ross, the director of "The Hunger Games", seems to be an interesting choice to be hearing buzz about though.

Monday, November 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ.Bradley

Hmmm, yeah Ross would be an interesting choice. I liked his work with The Hunger Games and am disappointed he's not returning for the sequel. Does this Colin Trevorrow rumor have any real legs to it or is it speculation, I wonder?

Monday, November 19, 2012 | Registered CommenterGet The Big Picture

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