What do we know about Star Wars: Episode 7 for sure thus far? First of all, we know that it will be released in 2015. Second, it will be the first Star Wars film released after George Lucas’s sale of the property to Disney for a whopping $4 billion. Now, we know that directors Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, and Zack Snyder are not interested in helming the film.
The latest rumor surrounding Star Wars: Episode 7 is that director Colin Trevorrow might be interested in taking on the project and that screenwriter Michael Arndt will write the screenplay, but be reminded, these are just rumors. It’s actually easier to tell you who isn’t interested in directing the film: Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, and Zack Snyder.
In addition to Trevorrow, directors Brad Bird, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, and Matthew Vaughn have been attached to the project, but several directors named have come forward to talk about their lack of interest in directing Star Wars: Episode 7. Therefore, the best we can do is take them at their word and trim our wish-lists from there.
First, longtime Lucas collaborator and acclaimed director in his own right, Steven Spielberg. When asked by Access Hollywood if he’d ever be interested in directing a Star Wars movie, he graciously replied “No! No! It’s not my genre. It’s my best friend George’s genre.” Spielberg has done sci-fi films in the past, heck, even recently, but it was a long-shot anyway. We’ll take him at his word.
Next, Quentin Tarantino, who was far less tactful in his response. When he was asked about the possibility of directing Star Wars: Episode 7 by EW, he scoffed “I could so care less…Especially if Disney’s going to do it. I’m not interested in the Simon West version of Star Wars.” Yikes! But alright, we don’t see an exploitation/homage version of Star Wars working anyway.
Finally, Zack Snyder, who made his name with visually flashy films like Watchmen and Sucker Punch. “I don’t think I’d be interested in [directing it]…I’m a huge Star Wars fanatic. I just think doing [episodes] seven, eight and nine is just a slippery slope. It’s a whole other mythological experiment I’m excited to see, but it’s a lot of effort.”
Well, he’s not wrong.
Oh, and we mentioned famous comic book nerd and director Kevin Smith. He wrote a long letter for The Hollywood Reporter about what Star Wars means to him, and though he hasn’t been rumored as a potential director, he already has at least one idea. “If Disney wants to make another cool billion dollars like it did with The Avengers last summer, all it needs to do is make a Boba Fett time-travel flick.”
We’ll let you decide.
If you’re dying for more incredibly vague information about Star Wars: Episode 7, you can check out an interview with George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy below: