5 directors publicly refusing to direct Star Wars: Episode VII

The Week's Editorial Staff

From J.J. Abrams to Quentin Tarantino, many of Hollywood's most famous directors have taken pains to disassociate themselves from Disney's reboot

Star Wars: Episode VII — the next entry in the beloved sci-fi franchise, which is scheduled for release in 2014 — is obviously no normal movie. Indeed, ever since Disney purchased George Lucas' beloved franchise and announced the new film two weeks ago, Star Wars fans have been so demanding in their quest for new info that a number of high-profile directors have gone on the record to take themselves out of the running for the job. Here, five directors who have confirmed they won't be directing Star Wars: Episode VII:

1. J.J. Abrams
He may have resurrected the flagging Star Trek franchise, but J.J. Abrams is content with one geek-friendly sci-fi franchise. "Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time," says Abrams. "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!"

2. Steven Spielberg
At Lincoln's premiere last week, the Indiana Jones director and longtime filmmaking partner of George Lucas dashed the hopes of fans with a preemptive, effusive rejection of the Star Wars job. "No! No! It's not my genre. It's my best friend George's genre," Spielberg said

3. Quentin Tarantino
Many older fans had pegged the Pulp Fiction director as an ideal choice to bring a dark sensibility to the Star Wars franchise, but Quentin Tarantino has taken himself out of the running. "I could so care less," he said. "Especially if Disney's going to do it. I'm not interested in the Simon West version of Star Wars."

4. Zack Snyder
The 300 director has been charged with rebooting Superman in the upcoming Man of Steel, but one iconic franchise is enough for Zack Snyder. "I don't think I'd be interested in [directing it]," said Snyder. "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."

5. George Lucas
For any purists hoping that Star Wars creator George Lucas could still be persuaded to pick up the reins of the Star Wars franchise, the director has confirmed that his time in the Star Wars universe has officially come to an end. "I always said I wasn't going to do anymore, and that's true, I'm not going to do anymore," he said.

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