FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011 file photo, director Brad Bird attends the U.S. premiere of "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" at the Ziegfeld Theatre, in New York. When George Lucas announced last week he was selling Lucasfilm to Disney for $4.05 billion, he also revealed that the long-rumored Episodes VI, VII and IX were in the works. Instantly, fans began tossing around names of directors who'd be a good fit for this revered material. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

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FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011 file photo, director Brad Bird attends the U.S. premiere of "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" at the Ziegfeld Theatre, in New York. When George Lucas announced last week he was selling Lucasfilm to Disney for $4.05 billion, he also revealed that the long-rumored Episodes VI, VII and IX were in the works. Instantly, fans began tossing around names of directors who'd be a good fit for this revered material. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2011 file photo, director Brad Bird attends the U.S. premiere of "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" at the Ziegfeld Theatre, in New York. When George Lucas announced last week he was selling Lucasfilm to Disney for $4.05 billion, he also revealed that the long-rumored Episodes VI, VII and IX were in the works. Instantly, fans began tossing around names of directors who'd be a good fit for this revered material. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)
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