The Complete List of Directors Who Will NOT Direct STAR WARS 7

Editor’s Note: We’ll continue to update this post as more directors announce they will not direct Disney’s Star Wars 7. Keep reading for the latest news.


The Star Wars series is likely a reason why many of today’s directors wanted to get in to the business in the first place. Growing up watching it, collecting memorbilia, and over time exhaulting the original series in to what it has become – it’s no wonder many directors don’t want to touch the upcoming Star Wars 7. There’s too much reverence, too much pressure for any director to go in to this lightly.

Many big geek directors that one would think could be shoe-ins for the job, have flat out denied they want any involvement.

The main man himself, George Lucas confirmed to Collider, “I always said I wasn’t going to do anymore, and that’s true, I’m not going to do anymore.”

J.J. Abrahms spoke with Hollywood Life:

“Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time,” J.J. gushed. He added, “I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big Star Trek fan growing up, so for me, working on Star Trek didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!”

Steven Spielberg said, “No! No! It’s not my genre. It’s my best friend George’s genre.”

Quentin Tarantino told Entertainment Weekly“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.

Zack Snyder told LA Times:

I don’t think I’d be interested in [directing it],” Snyder said during a recent interview. “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.

Guillermo Del Toro said:

I have so many projects to discuss or think about. [For] something that is not a possibility yet, I don’t [speculate]. You know, because I have so many things that I need to catch up with. If this ever becomes a reality, and there’s an approach to do it, I would then think about it, but — it’s like thinking if I want to date a supermodel. I don’t think about these things.

Joss Whedon is going to be a little busy with Avengers 2, which is also set to be released in 2015.

Brenda Chapman, director of Disney/Pixar’s Brave tweeted:


Brad Bird just tweeted that he won’t directing Episode 7:



Colin Trevorrow tweeted, partially in response to this Film School Rejects article, that odds are so unlikely that he’ll be handling Star Wars 7: 


Then when a fan asked if that meant he was officially out of the running, which he responded with:


Beyond these rumblings that are close to concrete, we think it’s safe to rule out Wes Anderson. I mean, just check out his audition tape (from Conan):

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Kristal Bailey

Kristal Bailey

With a soft spot for movies that fall into the “So Bad They’re Good” category, Kristal Bailey regularly watches B-movies, 80s comedies, and sci-fi from the 50s and 60s. She also refuses to grow up if that means she has to hide her love for Disney and Pixar films.

In her free time, she enjoys reading graphic novels or books that are soon to be turned into movies, watching hours and hours of television, and spending way too much time on Twitter.