Spielberg, Tarantino & Snyder Not Interested in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
by Ethan Anderton
November 9, 2012
Scratch three names off the list of potential directors for Star Wars: Episode VII. Though many fans have been calling for Steven Spielberg to take over for his longtime friend and collaborator George Lucas when it comes to the new Star Wars trilogy, the filmmaker has shot those dreams down. Speaking with Access Hollywood, Spielberg was asked about the possibility and he said quite bluntly, "No! No! It’s not my genre. It’s my best friend George’s genre.” Though fans of Minority Report, War of the Worlds, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and various other classic sci-fi films from the director might beg to differ on that front, Spielberg just doesn't want it. In addition, two other big name directors aren't interested either.
While I don't think anyone was hoping that Quentin Tarantino would take on Star Wars, even if he's a fanboy just like everyone else, the Pulp Fiction and Inglourious Bastards director just doesn't care. When EW asked if he was interested at all in the new trilogy, Tarantino 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.” We'll assume he meant that he couldn't care less, but I don't know why Disney's involvement makes him think their approach would resemble the work of the Con-Air director. Actually, I don't think anyone wants West touching Star Wars at all since he hasn't appeared on any lists for hopeful directors.
Finally, Man of Steel, Watchmen and 300 director Zack Snyder has taken his name out of the running which means much less super slow-motion lightsaber fighting. LA Times asked Snyder if he would take on the franchise if asked, and he said:
“I don’t think I’d be interested in [directing it]. 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.”
So there you have it. Three names down and a plethora of other names to sift through. For other options, you should check out our list of ten choices to take on Episode VII, which doesn't include Spielberg, since we didn't think he'd be up for the task (even though he directed some action sequences for Revenge of the Sith). However, the one name we purposely excluded was Christopher Nolan, and we've heard that he's definitely been approached and may have read the trilogy treatment by Michael Arndt already. Nolan has cited Star Wars as a huge influence on his career, but playing in that universe is risky and doesn't seem like his style anymore. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.