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NOV
17
1 years

Brad Bird Shoots Down 'Star Wars' Speculation

The "Incredibles" helmer squashed fan hopes with this simple tweet: "Not doing Star Wars."

Brad Bird
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Sorry Brad Bird fans. The director isn’t headed to a galaxy far, far away.

Bird was on many fans' wish lists of directors to tackle Star Wars: Episode VII. He is well-liked for his mix of action and fun, as demonstrated in his work on Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol and The Incredibles.

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Asked by fans to address their hopes, Bird wrote simply: “Not doing Star Wars.”

This sparked a number of tweets from disappointed fans who asked Bird why he wasn’t going to take on the project. He responded by touting his next film, a sci-fi mystery called 1952, which is being written by Damon Lindelof at Disney.

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“The science fiction film I AM doing is gonna be cool,” he tweeted, adding: 

The next Star Wars film is slated for a 2015 release, with Toy Story 3 scribe Arndt and Lucasfilm's Kennedy on board. To fuel your speculation for who might be tapped to helm, read THR's list of 15 potential directors.