'Star Wars: Episode VII' Director Update: Brad Bird and Colin Trevorrow Are Both Out

'Star Wars: Episode VII' Director Update: Brad Bird and Colin Trevorrow Are Both Out

Nov 19, 2012

As we hopefully inch closer to finding out exactly who will be directing the Star Wars sequel in 2015, we can now add two more names to the pile of buzzed-about directors who will not be stepping behind the camera for Episode VII. Both Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol) and Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) have been rumored to be circulating the job as of late, with the latter surprisingly moving up to become a serious frontrunner after video from a podcast recorded this past summer surfaced featuring the first-time director talking about a mysterious project that sounded an awful lot like Star Wars.

However, once folks began posting about the podcast, Trevorrow finally decided to step up and confirm (via Twitter) that he will not be directing Episode VII. "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.” When pressed to clarify that he is not in the running, Trevorrow replied, "That is what I am saying."

Likely, Brad Bird also took to Twitter to confirm that he's still working on 1952 and not Star Wars. When fans pressed him for a Star Wars response, he said, simply, "Not doing Star Wars... but the science fiction film I am doing is gonna be cool." That film, he later added, is 1952, which is being made by Disney from a script by Damon Lindelof that's said to take place in the '50s and revolve around a man who discovers alien life. George Clooney is in early talks to play the lead.

So who will direct Star Wars: Episode VII? We don't know yet, but my pick of Joe Johnston still looks to be on the table. Fingers crossed he gets it.

[via Film School Rejects/Coming Soon]

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