Brad Bird Says He’s Not Directing STAR WARS; 1952 Likely His Next Film

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Sorry to put a damper on your weekend, but it’s looking as if director Brad Bird (The Incredibles) is out of the running for Star Wars: Episode VII.  Tops on may fans’ lists of dream directors for the new sequel, Bird was considered a frontrunner due to his connections with Disney (who now owns Lucasfilm and the rights to Star Wars, along with Pixar, of course) and the involvement of screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) who will write the screenplay for Episode VII.  Bird’s schedule grew a little more complicated recently when the epic sci-fi project 1952 landed George Clooney in a lead role.  Though the project isn’t greenlit (and though Twitter isn’t exactly hard journalistic evidence), it looks like this will be Bird’s next picture and, sadly, not Star Wars.  Hit the jump to see what Bird had to say. 

brad-bird-star-wars-episode-7The following Tweets from Bird’s own account break the sad news that he’s not in the helmer’s chair for Star Wars: Episode VII, but will be moving forward with a “cool” sci-fi film:

Brad Bird ‏@BradBirdA113

@rsavenell: You are on people’s lists as top choice for Star Wars, yet haven’t confirmed. Please end this tease!” Not doing Star Wars.

@ClarkGoble: tell me your next one is the new Star Wars!” Nope. A science fiction film. Not Star Wars.

@JoesMonster@wearebuffaloz Is it Star Wars Episode VII? Because I really hope it’s Star Wars Episode VII…” It’s not Episode VII.

@GeoffBreedwell: You’re not doing EP7? Why not? You’re perfect for it!” Thanks. But the science fiction film I AM doing is gonna be cool.

@gregaveryowens: Totally just saw @BradBirdA113 slam Star Wars. Brilliant!” I’m not slamming Star Wars. I’m just doing “1952″! Sheesh!

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.

star-wars-movie-posterBe sure to get caught up on all of our previous coverage on the Star Wars sequels at the links provided below:

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  • bk

    why is this star wars new?

    • Sean

      Because he was on a lot of peoples short lists for potential people to direct Ep 7. He seemed like someone that was both capable and likely (due to his connections to Disney). He was my pick (which of course means absolutely nothing).

      • Billy

        Well that was a given considering his next film is close to production status.

  • Strong Enough

    I don’t see why anyone would think brad bird was going to do it. He was already deep into his film with Damon linedolf he wasn’t just going to drop everything and go straight to star wars. While it would be nice to have him am glad I’m getting another original sci Fi film especially from brad bird

    But I honestly think Jon faveru is getting the gig. He’s Disney family with marvel and worked with pixar on magic kingdom/ plus as soon as the news dropped about the deal he immediately changed his twitter pic to a r2 d2 in a iron man suit. obviously he is in the running.

  • George Orcus

    Get Chris Nolan, and let him write it! Darth Bale, rise…

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  • Paladinryan

    It’s going to be David Fincher. Take it to the bank. He’s worked with Kennedy before, he worked on ROTJ, he loves SW, he’s always wanted to make his own ESB, and he has the relationship with Disney (via 20,000 Leagues). According to himself, 20,000 Leagues was supposed to be his ESB. But now he can really remake it.

    • Marty

      Im sure that he don’t wanna be involved in this. After Alien 3 he understand that he can’t do in his own right way.

      • Will J

        First off, speak proper english. Second, if your inferring in any form that he’s unfit to do Star Wars because of what happened with Alien 3, Fincher literally had the reigns ripped out of his hands by Fox on Alien 3. He had it removed from his resume, and doesn’t even treat it as his own work.

      • The Exploiter

        *you’re
        *resumé

        Use proper English.

      • Stewaberg

        Inferring? Surely you mean implying.

        Speak proper English.

  • Paladinryan

    Favreau does not have the Kennedy connection and C&A did poorly. The only candidate who has a resume approaching Fincher’s is Nolan, but he’s alienated from 3D and I doubt he wants another trilogy.

    I could see Verbinski taking it on, though. Cuaron and Aronofsky are the wild cards.

  • Lance

    This news certainly stinks. Brad Bird would be just about the perfect director for this. He really thinks his movies through and yet doesn’t have a heavy personal “stamp” that would keep a Star Wars movie from looking and feeling like a Star Wars movie.

    Jon Favreau is the wrong choice for Star Wars. I love many of his movies but Star Wars would be just too big for him. He likes to keep things somewhat improvisational and loose, and the results nearly sank Iron Man (substantial reshoots had to be done to save the film), did sink Iron Man 2, and sank Cowboys & Aliens.

  • mr perfect

    Come on people, have you forgotten MI4?? I mean, sh*t, the guy’s only made one live movie and it wasn’t even that good. Why do people keep thinking Brad Bird is so great?? I’ll take Fincher over this guys any day.

    • ddf

      mi4 “wasn’t even that good”?? what? You for real buddy?

  • GHolt

    David Fincher has a Star Wars connection, he was in the effects team in RETURN OF JEDI production. But as we all know from the nasty damaged relationship with a big studio (Fox) and a big franchise (Alien 3), he is way too individualistic for crowd-pleasing Disney. Aranofsky is way too indie. My bet is Verbinski who so far has done big budget summer blockbusters with lotsa special effects 4 times in a row (PIRATES movies). Plus he did a LucasFilm animation called RANGO, a pretty damn successful movie. Just don’t cast Johnny Depp in the new STAR WARS. I love Depp but he is wrong for the franchise (And then Disney approved the casting…lol!)

  • GHolt

    David Fincher has a Star Wars connection, he was in the effects team in RETURN OF JEDI production. But as we all know from the nasty damaged relationship with a big studio (Fox) and a big franchise (Alien 3), he is way too individualistic for crowd-pleasing Disney. Aranofsky is way too indie. My bet is Verbinski who so far has done big budget summer blockbusters with lotsa special effects 4 times in a row (PIRATES movies). Plus he did a LucasFilm animation called RANGO, a pretty damn successful movie. Just don\’t cast Johnny Depp in the new STAR WARS. I love Depp but he is wrong for the franchise (And then Disney approved the casting…lol!)

    • Ryan D

      Gore has been tied to the Clue remake along with the BioShock movie. I think he is too tied up for the next year or 2 to really put his weight behind Star Wars. Also, his resume isn’t the best.

  • Ivanhoe

    Joe Johnston.

    • justin K

      No way. Joe Johnston is an OK film director. His films aren’t all that great but at the same time, they are ok. He is mediocre. I would deff not pick him.

  • TheSargonTimes

    NEIL BLOMKAMP (District 9) !

    • Ivanhoe

      Neil is too good for Star Wars :D

    • Cahoot

      This would be too amazing to possibly happen.

  • Oliver

    At this Point it’s all about ALFONSO CUARON! It’s perfect timing for him (coming off ‘Gravity’; a big scifi movie with a PG-13 rating…), he has glowing franchise experience having directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner Of Azkaban and his aesthetic fits beautifully with the original Star Wars trilogy. On what planet is he not the obvious choice?!

  • Curbcooler

    Josh Trank would be a perfect choice!

  • murdernexxus

    good im glad…i dont know who brad bird is but he doesnt deserve star wars. and im glad they arent following the EU and all that thrawn crap. im sure Zahn wrote some cool books but they shouldnt be made movies at all

  • CamusToldMeNotTo

    I scratched my head when people kept mentioning Fincher but I totally forgot he’d directed Alien3, which I liked more than a lot folks. And did not know he’d worked on ROTJ. Man! A Fincher SW film would be something I’d love to see. Too bad it ain’t gonna happen. But I’ve been wrong before (I’m sure, can’t remember when though…LOL)

  • sense 11

    something in the back of my mind is telling me Robert Zemeckis is going to get the job, he certainly has the resume for it.

    We need a master filmmaker for this, not that guy who made those awful Pirates of the Caribbean movies

  • Masshuu il Thulcandra

    Announcing the STAR WARS VII director – GEORGE LUCAS!

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  • mr perfect

    It’s going to be a filmmaker who is easily manipulated and says yes to everything Kathleen and George want. So, someone mediocre. Lucasfilm and Disney do not have the balls to let a talented filmmaker do the movie he/she wants to do.

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  • dad

    uwe boll should get the gig:)

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