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Neither Brad Bird nor Colin Trevorrow will direct Star Wars: Episode VII

Nov. 19, 2012by: Alex Maidy

It seems that as each day passes, we lose more and more directing candidates for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. While everyone who has denied their involvement or desire to direct so far have not been shockers, these latest two are the first ones to make me a little hesitant about the next movie.

Fan favorite choice, Brad Bird, already had a full slate of projects to work on, including the very secret 1952 which will potentially star George Clooney. But, fans kept hope alive that Bird may delay that project for a crack at the Skywalker mythos.

When asked directly via his Twitter page, Bird replied "Thanks. But the science fiction film I AM doing is gonna be cool." He followed that by also tweeting "That said, Michael Arndt is a fantastic writer and [Lucasfilm honcho] Kathy Kennedy is a brilliant producer. I will be first in line to see the new Star Wars,"

Both of Bird's next projects, 1952 and the disaster epic 1906, sound amazing. While he would have been great for STAR WARS, I would like to see him continue on original projects and maybe some day make THE INCREDIBLES 2.

The other candidate who can be crossed off the list is SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED director Colin Trevorrow. Trevorrow was said to have met with George Lucas about the job, but that may have evaporated when Disney entered the equation.

Trevorrow also took to Twitter to clarify his involvement with "a particular franchise" and said "To clarify, there is another film we all love that I'm currently trying not to mess up. Odds I will direct Episode VII: 3720 to 1." Hmm, I wonder what that other movie is?

The loss of these candidates puts us back at square one with the rumors. While I would love to see a new voice jump in to direct STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, Disney is likely going to go with an established director. There is too much at stake with this first film to mess with a filmmaker who is unproven. With that in mind, let the rumor mill begin churning again with names that have not been eliminated yet.

Extra Tidbit: I still think Jon Favreau may be the frontrunner for the job.
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4:47PM on 11/20/2012
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7:39AM on 11/20/2012

Well played, Trevorrow. Well played.

The odds of him directing Episode VII are the same as those for the Falcon successfully navigating an asteroid field. :D
The odds of him directing Episode VII are the same as those for the Falcon successfully navigating an asteroid field. :D
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9:43PM on 11/20/2012
Never tell me the odds.
Never tell me the odds.
7:02AM on 11/20/2012
This starts to sound like one of those group projects that nobody in the group wants to do but someone HAS to do it.
This starts to sound like one of those group projects that nobody in the group wants to do but someone HAS to do it.
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6:26AM on 11/20/2012
whoever turns out to do the film, will have a great deal of responsability on his/her hands, because this is a major make or break a career kind of movie...
whoever turns out to do the film, will have a great deal of responsability on his/her hands, because this is a major make or break a career kind of movie...
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2:00AM on 11/20/2012

Huh?

"Odds I will direct Episode VII: 3720 to 1"

Does he mean 1 out of 3720 or is he claiming to be the favorite?
"Odds I will direct Episode VII: 3720 to 1"

Does he mean 1 out of 3720 or is he claiming to be the favorite?
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1:24AM on 11/20/2012

What about music?

With Lucas mostly or completely out of it I would assume John Williams would not be back. Would we get someone to copy his style or something new altogether?
With Lucas mostly or completely out of it I would assume John Williams would not be back. Would we get someone to copy his style or something new altogether?
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11:52PM on 11/19/2012
The only bad thing that can come from who is finally announced will be the next big guess, who will come aboard to direct the side movie seeing as Disney is trying to churn out more than one film a year, I know whoever is chosen will do great, I just would like a name now and some more story details...2015 cannot come any sooner!!
The only bad thing that can come from who is finally announced will be the next big guess, who will come aboard to direct the side movie seeing as Disney is trying to churn out more than one film a year, I know whoever is chosen will do great, I just would like a name now and some more story details...2015 cannot come any sooner!!
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9:23PM on 11/19/2012

Not Favreau

His movies are visually pretty bland. The only film of his I've really enjoyed was Iron Man but even that is a pretty plainly shot film. I'd love for the job to go to Edgar Wright or Guillermo del Toro.
His movies are visually pretty bland. The only film of his I've really enjoyed was Iron Man but even that is a pretty plainly shot film. I'd love for the job to go to Edgar Wright or Guillermo del Toro.
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7:23PM on 11/19/2012
Here's an idea....why don't we wait until they actually announce who's gonna direct the thing and then talk about it.
Here's an idea....why don't we wait until they actually announce who's gonna direct the thing and then talk about it.
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7:11PM on 11/19/2012
Has Terrence Malick turned down the job yet? Imagine some long nature shots of the sands of Tatooine and the waterfalls of Naboo with some C-3PO voice-over narration.
Has Terrence Malick turned down the job yet? Imagine some long nature shots of the sands of Tatooine and the waterfalls of Naboo with some C-3PO voice-over narration.
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6:42PM on 11/19/2012
For those that do not follow me on Twitter... I also announced that I will NOT be directing the new Star Wars movie.
**Gasp!**
For those that do not follow me on Twitter... I also announced that I will NOT be directing the new Star Wars movie.
**Gasp!**
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6:42PM on 11/19/2012

Andrew Stanton

still want him to direct
still want him to direct
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5:06PM on 11/19/2012

I nominate Joe Cornish or Neill Blomkamp

Matthew Vaughn would be a great choice, too.
Matthew Vaughn would be a great choice, too.
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5:05PM on 11/19/2012
The director needs to be one who is detached from the series as a fan. While Abrams, Bird and Favreau would make great candidates, there's too much temptation for them to insert their own fanboy wetdreams into the movie. The core of Star Wars has always been based on cultural myths, not fanboys dream scenarios. If Iron Man 3 is received well, you'd bet Disney will be asking Shane Black to conquer Star Wars. I'd personally like to see Darren Aronofsky, Stephen Frears, or even Marc Forster-- some
The director needs to be one who is detached from the series as a fan. While Abrams, Bird and Favreau would make great candidates, there's too much temptation for them to insert their own fanboy wetdreams into the movie. The core of Star Wars has always been based on cultural myths, not fanboys dream scenarios. If Iron Man 3 is received well, you'd bet Disney will be asking Shane Black to conquer Star Wars. I'd personally like to see Darren Aronofsky, Stephen Frears, or even Marc Forster-- some director who's great at getting actors to give their best. That's what made Empire Strike Back successful, Kershner was able to get the best performances out of his actors. I just pray Disney doesn't let Gore Verbinski direct.
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5:00PM on 11/19/2012
matthew vaughn,neill blomkamp,Gore verbenski,peter jackson,Guillermo del toro,Edgar wright,Tim burton
matthew vaughn,neill blomkamp,Gore verbenski,peter jackson,Guillermo del toro,Edgar wright,Tim burton
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3:54PM on 11/19/2012
Could the secret 1952 be just another Blue Harvest?
Could the secret 1952 be just another Blue Harvest?
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3:53PM on 11/19/2012
Could the secret 1952 be just another Blue Harvest?
Could the secret 1952 be just another Blue Harvest?
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3:43PM on 11/19/2012

Brad Bird is out?

NOOOOOOO
NOOOOOOO
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3:37PM on 11/19/2012
since noone wants to direct it..

OK I'll do it!

Where are my check and my short-skirted assistant?
since noone wants to direct it..

OK I'll do it!

Where are my check and my short-skirted assistant?
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3:32PM on 11/19/2012
Bummer. Again. It's cool that he has faith in his own creation, though.
Bummer. Again. It's cool that he has faith in his own creation, though.
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3:24PM on 11/19/2012
I nominate Duncan Jones.
I nominate Duncan Jones.
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