You can cross another name off the list of potential Star Wars directors after Brad Bird confirmed that he won’t be joining the much-anticipated Disney project.
The director, who’s best known for The Incredibles and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, took to Twitter to quash rumours that he was set to helm the first of a proposed trilogy of Star Wars sequels. Asked by fans if his next project would be set in a galaxy far far away he simply said: “Not doing Star Wars.”
He did however suggest that he’s looking forward to the next instalment, tweeting: “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.’”
Bird joins a growing list of directors including Steven Spielberg and J.J Abrams who’ve moved to distance themselves from the project, which was announced as part of Disney’s multi billion-dollar acquisition of Lucasfilm last month.
Work on Episode VII, which is set for cinemas in 2015, is already underway with the aforementioned Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt contracted to pen what will be the first new Star Wars instalment for more than a decade.