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.
Star Wars: Episode 7
We hope you're sitting down for this because Billy Dee Williams, the man who was Lando Calrissian, has broken his legendary two week silence and has commented on 'Star Wars: Episode 7' and his interest in returning the 'Star Wars' saga. And? Just wait until you hear Williams' enthusiastic response!
Since 'Star Wars: Episode 7' was announced during Disney's recent purchase of Lucasfilm, fans have been chiming in as to who they want taking over the director's chair. Some movie directors, consequently, have been pronouncing publicly their own personal desires to helm the film. In fact, there's so much hubbub about who should follow in George Lucas' footsteps that we've had to keep a running power ranking as to who the front-runners are exactly.
But how close are we really to when the official announcement will be made in regards to the 'Star Wars: Episode 7' director?
At this point, we must consider the possibility that every director in Hollywood is up for the 'Episode 7' gig. 'Star Wars' is the hottest project going, and aside from a few high profile exceptions, it is understandably desired by almost every enterprising director in town.
So who is the latest contender? It's a woman: 'Brave' director Brenda Chapman. Find out what connects her to the highly-anticipated sequel after the break!
More 'Star Wars: Episode 7' news? Well, it's clear that, from now until summer 2015, we'll have at least one 'Star Wars: Episode 7' rumor for you per day. Not that we're complaining, mind you: has there ever been a movie in development more fun to speculate about? Hard to think of one.
Today we'll be bringing you updates from three of the "potential" directors of Episode 7: J.J. Abrams, Jon Favreau and out-of-left-field contender Colin Trevorrow ('Safety Not Guaranteed'). The initial names are just two of many dream directors of the sequel for fanboys, while the latter is someone who has actually been connected - however tentatively - to the film. Let's get to it!
Yesterday we learned that Michael Arndt had written a treatment for the upcoming 'Star Wars' sequel, currently called 'Episode 7,' but that didn't seem a confirmation that he had the job. Today it looks like his work has been approved and he's the first writer to take a crack at a new 'Star Wars' film.
OK, so we already know that Steven Spielberg won't be directing 'Star Wars: Episode 7' and now you can add another director to the list of people who want nothing to do with the upcoming sequels: Quentin Tarantino. The director was asked at an awards function if he was excited about the new trilogy. "I could so care less," says Tarantino. BURN.
When the news of a 'Star Wars: Episode 7' broke, Steven Spielberg's name immediately began being bandied about as a potential director because of his ties to both new Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy (once Spielberg's secretary who would later produce many of his most successful movies) and former Lucasfilm head George Lucas. But the problem is nobody asked Spielberg himself if he'd be interested. It turns out...not so much.