Brad Bird Says He Isn’t Directing Star Wars While Colin Trevorrow Appears To Say He Is

The nerdosphere’s favourite pick to take up the megaphone for Star Wars Episode 7 seemed to be Brad Bird, even in the face of great evidence that he’s not involved and busy with his own science fiction picture, 1952 or Tesla or whatever they end up calling it.

Bird has been drawn on the issue, finally, and he’s taken to Twitter to dispute the rumours.

Some folk seem to have taken the ‘news’ pretty badly. Having said that, I’m surprised that it could have gone anything like this far with people thinking there was any hope Bird had the gig in the face of all available evidence.

Indeed, I’m a little surprised that people haven’t just taken it as read that Colin Trevorrow is involved. Whether or not he’s directing, Trevorrow is definitely somehow tied into the project.

And he’s known it for some time.

This following video dates back to June. You’ll want to watch the section that starts at 21:45 or just the transcript from underneath (with thanks to Film School Rejects for doing the work).

I can’t speak with any specificity as to what the next thing will be. There are amazing opportunities that have arisen as a result of this. One of them, I will say, will probably create a good deal of ire against me on the Internet when people find out what it is. So, I just want to say in advance that I promise you, for all those who love the mythology that I will be tackling, trust that I love it as much as you do. And I will respect it, and hopefully make it not suck.

It is worth noting that Trevorrow doesn’t explicitly say he’s directing; that he does have writing experience; and that Kathleen Kennedy and George Lucas have mentioned there being multiple writers involved, somehow.

An official announcement can’t be too far away now. Unless there are contracts to be signed, there’s no point dragging the pretense on any longer, surely?

Trevorrow’s charming debut feature, Safety Not Guaranteed, is available on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD in the US now and will open in UK cinemas for Christmas. Check it out.