'Star Wars: Episode 7' - Brad Bird Rules Himself Out as DirectorEric Walkuski |
Add 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' helmer Brad Bird to the list of names who have taken themselves out of the running for the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' director's spot. Bird joins the ranks of Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Brenda Chapman as directors who have let it be known in no uncertain terms that they won't be directing modern history's most anticipated sequel. Find out his exact words on the subject after the break.
As is the method of so many artists and creative types out there, Bird took to Twitter to alert the world of his plans - or lack thereof - regarding 'Star Wars.' Bird, who it has been made it clear is working on a sci-fi film titled '1952' currently, still felt it necessary to give his fans the news that he's not in 'Star Wars' mode.
"Nope. A science fiction film. Not Star Wars," was Bird's reply to one follower's plea that Bird "tell him" that his next project is Episode 7. After someone else commented that he's "perfect" for the 'Star Wars' gig, Bird replied: "Thanks. But the science fiction film I AM doing is gonna be cool."
Naturally, he was immediately accused of dumping on the new Disney/Lucasfilm collaboration.
"Totally just saw @BradBirdA113 slam Star Wars. Brilliant!” is how one of Bird's followers took his squashing of the subject; because as you can see above, that's exactly what Bird was doing. (Sarcasm alert.) Ever the gentleman, Bird replied: "I'm not slamming Star Wars. I'm just doing '1952'! Sheesh!"
Sheesh indeed, Mr. Bird. Sheesh indeed...
Bird's final statement on the matter:
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.
— Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) November 18, 2012
Only if he plans on camping out for two months before its release. That aside, we still must wait for a director to step forward; it has been implied that the revelation will be made in the not too distant future, so stay tuned.