Brad Bird Will Not Direct ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

The ‘Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol’ director clears the air about directing this highly-anticipated sequel.

Brad Bird will not direct Star Wars: Episode VII
Brad Bird will not direct Star Wars: Episode VII
When Star Wars: Episode VII was announced last month, a slew of filmmakers were rumored to be considering the project. One of those directors is Brad Bird, although he cleared the air yesterday on his Twitter page, revealing that he will not direct this sci-fi sequel.

Since there isn't much information released about the director's secretive sci-fi project 1952, it was speculated by some that this project may just be a fake title to throw fans off, masking that it really is Star Wars: Episode VII. It turns out that is not the case, although we still don't know what 1952 is about. Stay tuned for the latest regarding Star Wars: Episode VII.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

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  1. The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

    Jeez he tweets a lot.

    2 years agoby @cryptFlag

  2. Roberto Mata

    @tearingbeast He could do a great job

    2 years agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  3. WongFu

    I nominate Gore - first and foremost no one wants to screw it up, two: It's Disney property now
    Three: The Disney directors should be considered
    Four: All the A- list directors know they can make it look better but are hesitant because they want to play it safe...And it's within Disney.
    Hence the fact that they don't want to direct a SW film, there's the return of Luke Skywalker.
    George wants a director to tell his story, that's not always good because who ever directs the 7th installment or future films if they do continue may not want to do it his way.
    In other words, a story teller or artist shouldn't be told how to write or paint, film, take pictures or draw. It needs to be their own story, if someone like Pete Jackson wanted to do a SW film he would write his own story not one that George wants him to do.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  4. Space101

    lol I see there starting to run out of directors for this movie...
    Who ever steps up gots big shoes to fill...

    2 years agoby @space101Flag

  5. Rudy

    Why does nobody want to direct Star Wars?

    2 years agoby @rudyFlag

  6. the Narrator

    I know what you mean, @the-movieghost. Whoever ends up directing though, I'd really like to see a film that takes on the visual look of the upcoming Star Wars 1313 game.

    @ejk1 - I think you're right. It's a mixture of all those reasons. Hesitency to come onto such a huge franchise, pressure to deliver a solid Star Wars installment, perhaps deliberation to get involved with Lucas and his "original story" he's got. Regardless, things aren't looking so great at the moment, wouldn't you say?

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  7. TearingBeast

    Mel Gibson!!

    2 years agoby @tearingbeastFlag

  8. JasonKat

    Well said dude!
    Whoever steps up, Shell do a fantastic job.

    2 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  9. Josh

    Disappointing. Bird would have been my top choice for this. Which is not to say there aren't any number of other suitable choices. I'm still excited to see who they choose (though it sounds like it's likely to be that guy who did Safety Not Guaranteed).

    @jasonkat Lucas is retired. If he wanted to have complete control and make more Star Wars movies, he wouldn't have sold to Disney. I think he just really knows how beloved the property is and wanted to give other filmmakers the chance to take a crack at it, rather than sit unused.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  10. JasonKat

    Stupid question but..why doesnt george himself come back to direct it? i sort of lost track of him, does he still direct? is he still alive? why wont he just come up w a new hit like the org. star wars. rather than disney picking out other names.

    2 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  11. Jckson Ripner

    My guesses (in order):

    1. Matthew Vaughn
    Mark Millar said Vaughn dropped out of the new X-Men movie to make 'Secret Service' (a new collaboration between the two). He also mentioned that they both discussed Vaughn making Episode VII and how he'd be a great choice if selected. If Vaughn is offered Episode VII, he'll definitely take it (and just produce 'Secret Service' like he did 'Kick-Ass 2').

    2. Gore Verbinski
    Thought he was a near-cert initially 'cause of his relationship with Disney. Would be a solid choice.

    3. Andrew Stanton

    4. Joe Cornish
    Bit of a wild card, but did a good job with 'Attack The Block' and also worked as a writer on 'TinTin', which Kathleen Kennedy produced (she mentioned wanting to bring on people she's worked with before).

    2 years agoby @Jckson-RipnerFlag

  12. ejk1

    @narrator But why? Is it because they fear Lucas looking over their shoulder? They fear the script may not be good? They fear the possibility of screwing up? All valid reasons I suppose, although one could argue Lucas made enough mistakes in the prequel trilogy to let the next guy off the hook for a bad film.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  13. ridgl


    2 years agoby @ridglFlag

  14. CelluloidDreams

    It seems know one in Hollywood wants to direct the new "Star Wars" films!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  15. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Too late for me to throw my name in as a possible candidate?

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  16. Sean

    It's going to be interesting to find out eventually, who will be directing it when it is finally announced who's going to direct it.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  17. artkid04

    no one is going to direct star wars 7, george created the franchise, its his, sorry, I don't think it will be directed by anyone else, no director wants to touch star wars, why? cause they don't want to destroy it

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  18. the MovieGhost

    @narrator That's very worrying to me. As much as I want to think it'll bring the best choice, I'm leaning more towards the other way.

    2 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  19. Roberto Mata

    Brad Bird would have done an amazing job, but I think this A- List Directors are turning it down, because they are fans of the Original trilogy and they are afraid of Screwing it up, but in my opinion Bird, Matt Reeves, and J.J. Abrams would've pull off an amazing film, Examples: MI: Ghost-Protocol, Star Trek, and the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

    2 years agoby @Roberto-MataFlag

  20. ROFLitschristian

    Well okay then.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  21. JasonKat

    Funny how alot of top names are turning down such a big pay day.
    While the film it self may suck, it will no doubt earn big bucks!

    2 years agoby @jasonkatFlag

  22. thedude-abides

    @brian I'm still freezin' up over here. Just happened on this page before I tried to post this comment.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  23. Brian

    @narrator Well said.

    2 years agoby @brianFlag

  24. thedude-abides

    Good. Bird is overrated, although, perhaps better than anyone they're probably going to get at this point. I think Tarantino was echoing the sentiments of most credible directors when he said he wanted nothing to do with this.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  25. the Narrator

    Interesting... the list of acceptable potential directors is thinning more and more every day. I love how this was supposed to be the most sought after project in Hollywood, but it's been the complete opposite. No one of any credibility seems to want to touch this with a ten foot pole.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

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