The Star Wars: The Force Awakens directorial gig was easily the hottest job in town a few years back, with practically every filmmaker vying for a chance to make the next Star Wars movie. Before J.J. Abrams ultimately landed the role, Brad Bird was one of the early contenders. He even considered going into production on Tomorrowland while simultaneously prepping for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but ultimately decided against it. However, Brad Bird recently teased that he may still be interested in making a Star Wars movie.
Rian Johnson is attached to write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, with J.J. Abrams possibly coming back for the trilogy finale, Star Wars: Episode IX. Gareth Edwards is directing the first spinoff, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, but Josh Trank recently pulled out of directing the second spinoff. Brad Bird hinted he has been talking with Kathleen Kennedy about coming into the Star Wars universe.
"Well Kathy and I have discussed the possibility of-I mean she's basically saying this is a very large sandbox and other people can play in it. I was particularly attracted to the idea of picking up and-J.J. got very excited about the notion of shaping the next trilogy, and that idea was interesting to me too. But I kind of-I'm writing a sequel to The Incredibles and I can't think too much farther beyond that. I have other things I want to do as well."
"Yeah in fact just avoid all this Star Wars stuff. Everybody's feeding too much on that anyway."
Brad Bird only has two live action movies under his belt, the blockbuster Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and his upcoming Tomorrowland, arriving in theaters May 22. He also directed the critically-acclaimed animated films The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Ratatouille. Do you think Brad Bird would be a good choice to direct one of the upcoming Star Wars movies? Chime in with your thoughts below.