‘Star Wars: Episode 7′: Brad Bird & Colin Trevorrow NOT Directing

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Just short of three weeks have passed since this year’s (century’s?) most shocking news broke: that Disney has acquired Lucasfilm and is moving forward with a new Star Wars trilogy, beginning with Episode VII in 2015. Studio representatives have since confirmed that Oscar-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Catching Fire) is scripting the seventh installment, working from his own original story treatment (as opposed to George Lucas’ older treatments or the Star Wars Expanded Universe fiction).

We’ve otherwise been left to our own devices when it comes to determining who could direct Episode VII (by the process of elimination); not to mention, exactly which original trilogy (OT) characters could be returning (even from beyond the grave, it seems). Today, we can firmly scratch two more directorial candidates off the list.

Shortly after the Disney/Lucasfilm merger was announced, many of our readers (and Star Wars fans in general) began calling for Brad Bird to land the directing job. The filmmaker would make an excellent choice for the position, bringing the same gusto storytelling skills and knack for Saturday morning cartoon fun he lent to such animated features as The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille. Moreover, he demonstrated a similar capacity for handling live-action entertainment last year with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (read our review).

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Brad Bird’s next film will be ‘1952’

Some 10 days ago, rumors were still circulating that Bird’s secretive sci-fi project (which is based on a script co-penned by Damon Lindelof, with the working title 1952) could in fact be Episode VII in disguise. However, the announcement of Arndt as screenwriter – coupled with news that George Clooney may headline Bird’s film – shot that idea down. Bird has since hammered the final nail into that coffin (via Twitter):

Not doing Star Wars… That said, Michael Arndt is a fantastic writer and [newly-appointed Lucasfilm President] Kathy Kennedy is a brilliant producer. I will be first in line to see the new STAR WARS.

Bird’s creative sensibilities, as mentioned before, make him a natural fit for Lucas’ sci-fi mythos, but there have been indications that studio heads are giving thought to a more outside-the-box approach to continuing Star Wars – and, therefore, have been considering handing over the reins to someone like lesser-known filmmaker Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed). That suggestion appeared to gain additional credibility over the weekend, when The Film Stage dug up the following quote (from an interview with Trevorrow dating back to this past June):

 “I can’t speak with any specificity as to what the next thing will be. There are amazing opportunities that have arisen as a result of [‘Safety Not Guaranteed’]. One of them, I will say, will probably create a good deal of ire against me on the Internet when people find out what it is. So, I just want to say in advance that I promise you, for all those who love the mythology that I will be tackling, trust that I love it as much as you do. And I will respect it, and hopefully make it not suck.”

However, that story has prompted Trevorrow to halt further speculation for good, as he shortly thereafter Tweeted “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.” It’s a bit disappointing, since Trevorrow’s proven ability to create captivating stories and characters (without a big-budget cushion) makes him a promising pick for the job. Moreover, the bigger-than-its-britches nature of Safety Not Guaranteed recalls Lucas’ own pre-Star Wars work on THX-1138 and American Graffiti.

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Colin Trevorrow is out for ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

One thing Lucas did have that Trevorrow does not, though, was a massive financial hit under his belt (ie. American Graffiti) – not to mention, the latter’s small resume and background might have proven to be as much a hindrance as benefit, when it came to snagging the job. All the same, we’ll be keeping our ears peeled for an update on what popular established property Trevorrow is currently working on.

In the meantime, we will continue the tedious procedure of narrowing down the list of possible Episode VII directors one-by-one. Fingers crossed, a final answer to that lingering question will be provided sometime before the year’s end (though, don’t start holding your breath just yet).

Star Wars: Episode VII opens in theaters in Summer 2015.

Source: Brad Bird, Colin Trevorrow [via The Film Stage]

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  1. So basically, no one wants this film over their head.

    • Exactly. nobody is brave enough to do it. But im quite sure that Kennedy has a few candidates lined up. Its just taking some time to choose the right rebel for the job

    • Well, I’m sorry to disappoint everyone, but I can confirm that I am not directing “Star Wars; Episode 7″ either.

      • damn, i was really hoping this would be your next film Motoko

        • Alright then. I’ll do it.

      • Im still pushing for Andrew Stanton.

        give him another chance. John Carter was still pretty good.

        • I just can’t see Disney selling Stanton as the right guy for the job. I watched John Carter again last week and I agree that it’s better than it gets credit for but how do you had a billion dollar franchise over to a guy who just directed a film that lost you $200 million?
          I think he’ll get another shot at live action again someday, just not Episode 7.

    • Can you blame anyone for not lobbying for this job; on one side they have a rabid fanbase that’ll tear them to shreds should they miss the mark, and they have Disney on the other side who’ll make sure no chances or risks whatsoever are taken in this new trilogy as they have to protect not only their $4bn investment but the good name, reputation, and stock value of Uncle Walt’s larger company… I wouldn’t touch this trilogy with a radiation suit and a pair of industrial-strength rubber gloves if I was a director, the stench of money is hanging over this project like grim death, and that is simply not a conducive atmosphere to make a groundbreaking, landmark, and creatively bold new chapter of this increasingly-discredited franchise, and that’s not even taking into consideration the simply insane expectations that this new film will have to match once the first trailer hits the web!

      As seriously flawed as they are, the prequel trilogy looks more and more credible when compared to this new cash-grab set of films… at least the prequels were the legitimate other half of the story, what are these new ones!?

      • Pretty much sums it up. The hype for this has already gotten out of hand and the only thing anyone has heard is that there is a script.

        • the fanbase complain on the internet and that’s it. They still go see the movies. Seriously, most of the fanbase are a bunch of babies, get over it if you don’t like the movies then don’t see them, simple.

  2. Wow! I thought it was going to be Trevorrow for sure after seeing that interview a couple days ago. Very interesting.

  3. Am I the only one that googled “3720 to 1″ and of course it came up as “the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field” …

    • Never tell me the odds! 😉

      • Well, its Sandy, the scruffy looking, Nerf Herder.


    • I got that to man

    • It sounds like he may actually be the director considering that Han did successfully navigate an asteroid field.

  4. Well, Hey…I think, That, There Is No Bringing Back, “Star Wars”. It Had It’s Time In The Spot Light.

  5. Give it to Kevin Smith, who’s pitch for ep7 was “BALLS! Balls on everything!”

  6. I swear, if its Catherine Harswicke, I’m burning the whole mother down!!!

  7. I assumed he meant that he WAS going to direct, since Han DID successfully navigate the asteroid field. Confusing choice of words. A comic on the subject: [Link Removed]

  8. Neill Blomkamp for the win!

    • Although Neil Bomkamp certainly can do compelling sic-fi, I’m not sure that star wars is really a good fit for him. Based on District 9 and what I have read and seen of Elysium, his take is to dark and grounded for star wars. Not that there is anything wrong with a grounded star wars but that’s not really what it’s about

    • I’m with you man.

      • See, I enjoy that grounded and more realistic take. I really don’t feel the original 3 were that farfetched at all. First, take into account it started with “a long time ago…..” and it takes the restraints off right away. I also think being that Lucas was limited in effects for the times did such a great job of making the environment look real and dirty, which is CERTAINLY something the new ones were severely lacking. Looking at District 9, you still got a real sense of the visual asthetic and Elysium looks to be the same. I think Blokamp could def. do it well.

        • Couldn’t agree more. Ny thoughts exactly. I want Blomkamp or Cuaron.

  9. Wouldn’t it be easier for the media to report on who is directing Star Wars rather than going through Facebook in alphabetical order.

    • Well that would just be lazy. Sitting around waiting for actual facts to appear. (^-^)

  10. I vote for Rian Johnson.

    I think he could do a fantastic expansion of Star Wars like Kirshner did.

  11. Or Shane Carruth.

  12. I jate to hear these giys are out. That being said, I’m still hoping for a relatively unknown talent. Someone who has spent more time developing characters in films rather than using them as action figures. The prequel trilogy lacked heart and the new trilogy will need to bond fans to new characters.

  13. You don’t suppose he’s directing Justice League, do you?
    That could attract a lot of Ire from fans, as far as Batman is concerned that is.

  14. Well if it’s silly season on suggestions why not Quentin Tarantino. He’d soon liven it up.

  15. As Screenrant mentioned in their list of likely directors I would love Matthew Vaughn to direct EP 7. Joseph Kosinski who directed Tron Legacy would be another excellent choice, that movie was deeper than most people give it credit for and I loved it. Both directors understand character, good story telling, and how to create blockbusters. That’s my two cents

    • @ Jacob
      I’m sorry but I disagree about Kosinski. Tron was on cable the other day and I quickly started saying to myself that I hope he’s not the guy who gets the job. Tron was everything I hope Episode 7 won’t be.
      But I’m all in on Vaughn. Especially with Bird out of the running…

  16. Gary Ross.

  17. I speculate Colin trevorrow is working on a brand new alien sequel/Franchise reboot independent of Prometheus 2.

  18. Since when has it been “reported” that they aren’t using Lucas’s treatments AT ALL? This is a shoddy article just for that line, what is it that people have so against the truth of the matter? It will NOT be totally original, George’s treatments will absolutely be used and there was already a release about this. Ardnt is also coming up with his own material, but is using the original stuff as a guide, like a smart man should. It seems like everyone and their grandma’s wants to go around touting this “all-original” BS like it’s some kind of pride that you have this exclusivity of information. As long as George is onboard as a creative assistant, you can bet it will totally follow some of his treatments.

    • “… Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Catching Fire) is scripting the seventh installment, working from his own original story treatment (as opposed to George Lucas’ older treatments…”

      As you can see above, I said that Arndt is working from his own original story treatment – as in, the one he wrote, not the one(s) Lucas is said to have written some years ago. In that context, Arndt could very well be (and undoubtedly is) incorporating many story ideas from Lucas – who is a creative consultant on the project, after all – but the actual story treatment, it seems, is going to be what Arndt has penned on his own (re: his original work).

      Basically, I’m saying that an original story treatment is not, per se, the same thing as an original story.

      • I gotcha Sandy, thank you for the kind clarification, it sounds better when you explain it that way haha. Apologies for any rudeness, always enjoy most articles on this awesome site. Where else would I go for my in-depth movie news and critiques?

  19. Still thing it should go to Andrew Stanton

    with all the big name Directors have all said they wont do it. Disney doesnt have a lot of options in terms of picking a director to make money.

    Andrew Stanton may have mis-stepped with “John Carter” but he has also directed “Finding Nemo” and “Walle”, as well as being a regular on the Pixar staff since the beginning. “John Carter” is the perfect practice for a big budget, family friendly, sci-fi film.

    Other than him, you have a bunch of obscure directors, who can very well do it, but will have the general audience asking who this is. These people dont have the experience with a budget this film demands, or have a track record of producing box office hits.

  20. Anyone remember the last shot of the trailer for Episode III back in 2005, the one that says “The Saga Is Complete”… THAT said it all, the saga is complete, the story is finished, let’s all move on to new and original franchises instead of whipping the proverbial dead horse until there’s no flesh left on the bones!

    • why risk making a new “original” franchise, since most likely it will bomb nowadays. star wars is a brand and it sells with just the name only. Why do you think Bond has 23 films? because it’s an established brand name that will sell a lot.

  21. well, the empire really wasn’t finished being defeated at the end of 6, so they could and should do the admiral thrawn story line, but as this article says that they are ignoring the expanded literary universe, and lucas proved with the first three that he does not mind licensing out and then contradicting all the book stuff with his own plot devices (ie metaclorians, darth builds c3po,etc) who knows what they’ll do with it.
    It’s a cash cow though for sure, so they will at least get the seats packed for the first(er 7th) movie.
    That being said, I think they should get Giullermo Del Torro to do it.

  22. Peter Jackson FTW