We were really, really hoping that Brad Bird would be directing Disney's upcoming Star Wars movie, especially after Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt signed on to write the script. Alas, it is not meant to be. Bird has just confirmed over Twitter that he won't be directing the next Star Wars film.
Here is the word from the Bird's mouth:
“@clarkgoble: tell me your next one is the new Star Wars!”Nope. A science fiction film. Not Star Wars.— Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) November 18, 2012
“@geoffbreedwell: You're not doing EP7? Why not? You're perfect for it!”Thanks. But the science fiction film I AM doing is gonna be cool.— Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) November 18, 2012
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.— Brad Bird (@BradBirdA113) November 18, 2012
Sad. Well, we're still excited for Bird's next sci-fi project, and who knows? With Lucasfilm planning so many Star Wars films on the horizon, he may get a crack at one down the line.