Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino Both Say No to Directing 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

Quentin Tarantino does not want to make the Simon West version of 'Star Wars' now that Disney controls the franchise.
Steven Spielberg will not direct Star Wars: Episode VII
Steven Spielberg will not direct Star Wars: Episode VII
With a director currently being sought for Star Wars: Episode VII all sorts of rumors are spreading across the internet. Now, who gets the job seems to be revealing itself by a process of elimination.

Yesterday, we reported that Steven Spielberg is a top contender, though now a new report has surfaced that indicates he has no interest in making this sequel. Take a look at the Lincoln director's vehement denial regarding the reports that he may direct Star Wars: Episode VII.

"No! No! It's not my genre. It's my best friend George's genre."

Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino also took himself out of consideration to direct, with some pointed words about Disney taking over the franchise.

"I could so care less. No, sorry. Especially if Disney's going to do it. I'm not interested in the Simon West version of Star Wars."

Zack Snyder also revealed yesterday that he has no interest in directing this highly-anticipated sequel. We reported yesterday that screenwriter Michael Arndt has written a 50-page treatment, which includes all the classic characters including Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia.

We'll have more as the story breaks.

Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

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Comments (32)

  1. tattoofreak87

    I honestly can see Kevin Smith getting offered the gig since hes a huge star wars fan.

    1 year agoby @tattoofreak87Flag

  2. greyhame

    I would really like to see what Mathew Vaughn could do with the series, he did a great job with Kick-Ass and made one of the best X-Men movies since the first sequel. I'm positive he can do justice to the series. Besides, I don't believe he would've dropped out of the First Class sequel if we wasn't completely certain he would have this job. I'm sure he's been talking with the heads at Di$ney about this project for some time.

    1 year agoby @greyhame27Flag

  3. Josh

    I don't think we'll ever see Tarantino do ANY franchise movie. As much as he throws around every idea under the sun (Yeah, I'd do Bond!, blah blah blah) I think Tarantino is only really interested in making Tarantino movies.

    1 year agoby @shuabertFlag

  4. Josh

    @artkid04 I did. Well, 1 and 3, anyway.

    1 year agoby @shuabertFlag

  5. the Narrator

    I have to be the only guy on this site who never expected or considered Spielberg for this franchise. He'd be a terrible choice, in my opinion. A great director, absolutely. The right one? Definitely not. And make that double for Tarantino.

    1 year agoby @narratorFlag

  6. Replicant

    @Julin-Dylan Just that Simon West is one of the worst directors in history.

    @corey He IS better than Disney lol. And having produced The Man With Iron Fists has no effect whatsoever on his directing career; Spielberg has executive produced more sh*t in these past 10 years than anyone could ever flush down a toilet, but he's still a legendary director.

    1 year agoby @felipe-11Flag

  7. artkid04

    I think quentin just hates the idea of disney doing more star wars movies, i mean when george lucas did the prequel trilogy did anyone like them, I mean really

    1 year agoby @artkid04Flag

  8. Jimthar

    i get that he burned simon west in his comment but i dont get how that relates to disney in any way?

    1 year agoby @jimtharFlag

  9. ChiRep_1


    1 year agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  10. thedude-abides

    hahahaha! God I love Tarantino. Spoken like a champ.

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  11. Julián Dylan

    I'm sorry but i do not understand Tarantino's reference. Somebody??

    1 year agoby @Julin-DylanFlag

  12. ChristinaM15

    @Luis-Mota Yeah. It's just not a movie I could ever see QT doing. Ever. Regardless of the company that owns it. Now, JJ, sure. He's done Star Trek which proves he can do space-related things just fine.

    1 year agoby @christina-montanaFlag

  13. jonquest

    Not that he doesn't deserve it, but wow, QT really threw Simon West under the bus there. Haha.

    1 year agoby @jonquestFlag

  14. Corey W.

    Tarantino directing Star Wars is a big hell-no from me. And what a douchy comment too. He says it as if he's better than Disney. Hey, what about that piece of sh*t Man with the Iron Fists that you just stamped your name on? It turned out to be probably one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Hope he regrets that.

    1 year agoby @coreyFlag

  15. Luis Mota

    JJ for sure. It's definitely not Tarantino's style. @christina-montana is spot on.

    1 year agoby @Luis-MotaFlag

  16. John2347

    I like what Tarantino said.

    1 year agoby @john2347Flag

  17. Dbzfan91

    Spielberg not directing doesn't hurt my feelings and I am personally not a fan of Tarantino... I say JJ

    1 year agoby @dbzfan91Flag

  18. Rudy

    JJ Abrams or nobody.

    1 year agoby @rudyFlag

  19. kbelliveau

    Good on these directors for saying no. This could be a make a break thing for a certain director, Tarantino and Spielberg don't need that at this point. The only reason these two names ever even surfaced is because it created buzz. Personally I think we'll here in the not so distant future that Matthew Vaughn has the job and always did. He dropped out of X-Men:Days of Future Passed, which which is going to be a huge film, do you really think he would do that unless he could line up something as big as Star Wars?

    1 year agoby @kbelliveauFlag

  20. Gandoff

    First off, Spielberg will not due it, cause its with Disney as much as Tarantino. I would not want to see Tarantino do it AT ALL... He can do movies well, but it would really suck the fun out of Star Wars to have it done via flash backs through the whole thing. Also, Spielberg has done many Sci-Fiction movies. So this is more a ploy to give a reason why he will not do it. Might be due to it being Lucas's franchise, but I think its more to do with Disney.

    1 year agoby @gandoffFlag

  21. ROFLitschristian

    Well no one wanted you to direct it anyways, Tarantino. >:|

    1 year agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  22. MadJohnsonProductions

    Knew Spielberg wouldn't do it, there was no way Tarantino would do it. I think J.J Abrams would be a good fit for Star Wars.

    1 year agoby @MadJohnsonProductionsFlag

  23. Sean

    So maybe George Lucas will direct Star Wars Episode 7?

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  24. K.Guy

    awww No Spielberg :(... J.J!!!

    1 year agoby @kguyFlag

  25. ChristinaM15

    Movies like Star Wars are TOTALLY something Disney is capable of. There's never any cursing, blood splatter, and overly crazy sex in Star Wars just there is none in Disney movies (as far as I can recall). THere's no reason that Disney's owning it should affect anyone directing.

    1 year agoby @christina-montanaFlag

  26. Brandon S. Todd

    Yeah...QT directing a Star Wars film. That'll be the day.

    1 year agoby @brandon-scott-toddFlag

  27. Xenon

    Now if it under a different Studio, a more adult one like MGM both of these directors may have a different opinion, but I do understand Steven's decision. It is his best friends franchise.

    1 year agoby @xenon56Flag