Quentin Tarantino, Zack Snyder and Steven Spielberg will not direct Star Wars: Episode 7

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The internet remains abuzz about who will be directing STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and today we have some information as to who won’t be directing the film.  Let’s start with Quentin Tarantino, who was less than nice about his refusal.  While speaking with EW, QT said: “I could so care less. No, sorry. Especially if Disney’s going to do it. I’m not interested in the Simon West version of Star Wars ”.  Ouch, especially if you’re Simon West.  West directed CON AIR and THE EXPENDABLES 2, but I’m not sure why Tarantino took a dig at him.  That makes me think QT knows something we don’t.  But anyway, any dreams you may have had of an adult, dialogue driven Star Wars film should be gone by now.  On to Zack Snyder.

While speaking with the LA Times, Snyder said: “I don’t think I’d be interested.  I’m a huge Star Wars fanatic. I just think doing 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.”  Snyder wouldn’t have been my first choice, but he confirmed some of my suspicions when it comes to hiring an A-list director; the project is going to take too much time and most directors don’t want their next 9 years mapped out for them.  So what about Steven Spielberg?

He’s out as well, telling AccessHollywood that “No! No! It’s not my genre. It’s my best friend George’s genre”.  Although that’s definitely a denial, I wouldn’t rule out The Bearded one just yet.  There are way too many connections between Spielberg and Star Wars for him to be completely out of the running.  To be fair, none of these three would have made my dream list of directors for Star Wars.  I’d be more interested in hearing what Brad Bird and J.J. Abrams have to say about Episode 7.  Thanks to FirstShowing for compiling these notes.

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