Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, and Brad Bird Top Contenders for Star Wars: Episode VII; Zack Snyder Not Interested

Michael Arndt's 50-page treatment is going out to the biggest directors in Hollywood.
BYB. Alan Orange | November 8th, 2012
Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, and Brad Bird Top Contenders for Star Wars: Episode VII; Zack Snyder Not Interested

Steven Speilberg, Brad Bird, and J.J. Abrams will get first crack at directing Star Wars: Episode VIIStar Wars: Episode VII is the biggest news on the planet, bigger even than the recent reelection of President Barack Obama. So get used to seeing multiple stories about its production every day until 2015.

Yes, we just launched a story detailing the fact that Little Miss Sunshine, Toy Story 3 and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire writer Michael Arndt has penned a 50-page treatment that includes the characters Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia. Chewbacca, C3P0 and R2D2 too, where guessing.

But this one story was too huge for a single article. As previously mentioned, this treatment is soon going out to the biggest directors in Hollywood. The first to get a crack at it will be Steven Spielberg, followed by Brad Bird, and J.J. Abrams. Next, it will go to the previously mentioned contenders Matthew Vaughn and Colin Trevorrow, both personal favorites of franchise creator George Lucas.

One man not interested in the job? Man of Steel's Zack Snyder. The internet hasn't been kind to the director in regards to Star Wars: Episode VII, with many praying Disney doesn't look his way. He is a director who sometimes listens to critics and fans, and he certainly doesn't want the burden of dropping the ball on something so huge.

Here is the statement he released in regards to not taking on the project.

"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."

Two names not yet mentioned are Neill Blomkamp, who made the very fun District 9, and Joe Cornish of Attack the Block fame. Both seem like worthy contenders, so maybe if all those mentioned above pass, we'll see Disney move onto them. Who do you want to see directing the next Star Wars movie? Do any of these names grab your interest?

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