George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy Talk STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Directors; Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino Take Themselves Out of the Running

     November 9, 2012


As the world is still reeling from last week’s news that Disney has purchased LucasFilm and is releasing a new Star Wars film in 2015, the conversation has now turned to who will take over the beloved franchise.  We recently learned that Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine) has prepared a lengthy treatment and is gunning for the writing gig, and Matthew Vaughn has been mentioned as a possibility for the director’s chair.

When news of Star Wars: Episode VII first broke, a video was released that featured new LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas talking about the future of the franchise.  It appears that the video was just a snippet of the full conversation, as another portion has been released online today in which the two discuss how they’ll go about choosing a director for Episode VII and what Lucas’s “creative consultant” role entails.  Moreover, we have confirmation of two big name directors who definitely won’t be stepping into the director’s chair.  Hit the jump for Star Wars goodness.

steven-spielberg-star-wars-episode-7First up, let’s get to who definitely won’t be directing Star Wars 7.  A number of wish lists quickly popped up with fans ruminating on which directors would be best to helm the new Star Wars film.  Lucas’ buddy Steven Spielberg appeared on many such lists, and the news of Arndt’s involvement also mentioned that producers would be sending Spielberg and a few other directors the scribe’s SW treatment to look over.  The idea of Spielberg taking on Star Wars always seemed a bit far fetched, and the director recently shot down those rumors to Access Hollywood:

“No, no!  It’s not my genre.  It’s my best friend George’s genre.”

Another top-notch director also made it known that he’s not interested in the job, taking a little jab at the sale to Disney while he was at it.  Here’s what Quentin Tarantino told EW:

“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.”

star-wars-a-new-hopeI’m not exactly sure why Tarantino thinks the Disney sale means that Star Wars: Episode VII will look like a film from the Con Air director, but I think it’s safe to say no one really expected QT to churn out a Star Wars film anyway.  Also joining Spielberg and Tarantino in the “no, thanks” club is Man of Steel helmer Zack Snyder, who recently said he had no interest in taking on the job.

Moving on to who will be directing the new Star Wars, the previous video with Kennedy and Lucas had the two talking about the franchise in broad terms, but this new clip goes into a bit more depth about their plans for Episode VII.  Kennedy mentions that they’re looking at people who she’s worked with before (for the love of God please don’t be M. Night Shyamalan), and Lucas elaborates on just what his job as a “creative consultant” will entail.

Take a look at the video below, via  Apparently a new video will be going up each week, so we’ll be sure to bring you whatever updates transpire next week.

star-wars-movie-posterIn case you missed anything, peruse our recent Star Wars coverage below:


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