Watch: Campaign Video to Give 'Star Wars: Episode VII' to Brad Bird

November 7, 2012
Source: io9

Brad Bird

There's been a lot of talk about Star Wars over the past week. In addition to the promise of Star Wars: Episode VII kicking off a new trilogy after the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney, rumors of Matthew Vaughn directing and buzz about Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher returning to the saga have been circling. When it comes to directors for the new trilogy without George Lucas involved, we have our own list of ten directors who seem right for the job. Brad Bird (of The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) made our list, and one person agrees rather vehemently in this campaign video. See below!

Here's the campaign video Brad Bird for Star Wars Director, first found by io9 (via Vulture):

The video makes some funny remarks about Brad Bird rocking a scarf, but you can't argue with the fact that each of his four feature films (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol) have scored 94% or higher on Rotten Tomatoes. Plus, the man did direct a couple great episodes of "The Simpsons" during the animated series' glory days, not to mention the music video for Do the Bartman. Also, with 1952 (a project that is not a cover for Star Wars) set up at Disney and his history with Pixar as a director and senior creative team member, he's the perfect fit. We're in! #GiveItToBradBird

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He may be a good storyteller, but his overuse of CGI in scenes that should have been a composite of practical effects is maddening.

Jim on Nov 7, 2012


That's because they were animated films!

John Heuer on Nov 7, 2012


Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol mother f**ker... not that I saw the overuse though. Still' not quite as good as MI:3

Richie G on Nov 7, 2012


It was obviously a joke. If it wasn't overused in MI:4 then he would be talking about his animated films

John Heuer on Nov 7, 2012


No, M:IGP was the target of that comment. Andrew Stanton did a MUCH better job integrating CG to live action.

Jim on Nov 7, 2012


I know what you meant... it was a joke.

John Heuer on Nov 7, 2012


Oh you don't know what you're talking about, man

TOONFED on Nov 7, 2012


Such as?

Ethan Anderton on Nov 7, 2012


The Kremlin bombing and sandstorm scenes in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol were horrendous on the eyes.

Jim on Nov 7, 2012


The way of Brad Bird to tell a story, to connect characters, to put intensity on moments and spice it with a little bit of humor it's what star wars needs, like the original trilogy. Lucas already transform everything into a sfx with the new trilogy and deliver us a boring, bad time lapsed story, with marvelous green screens. And that doesn't make a good movie. Brad Bird have this marvelous chases, the tower scene in MI4. Movie it's not just the special effects movie is the whole experience.

TOONFED on Nov 7, 2012


How can it be "the whole experience" if the visuals are off-putting?

Jim on Nov 8, 2012


I agree that Brad Bird is a very good Director, but I fully support Joss Whedon as the new director of Star Wars Hands Down!!!!

Chris McDermid on Nov 7, 2012


Just accept he is not going to be doing it.

John Heuer on Nov 7, 2012


Accept what? NOBODY has been chosen, and the fact is he understands the series I think more than anyone else. He made the highest grossing film, as well as one of the most beloved sci fi series of all time. He also understands the importance of character being as important as story, I accept nothing until it is announced.

Chris McDermid on Nov 7, 2012


He's also pretty wrapped up in overseeing everything Marvel at this point in time. Seems like, at least for this first new film, there's not too much of a chance.

Phillip Gockel on Nov 7, 2012


We get it. He's busy with Marvel though. It's not happening.

John Heuer on Nov 7, 2012


yes, give it to him

truong18 on Nov 7, 2012


He have mi vote already

TOONFED on Nov 7, 2012


Haha, "never done anything wrong in the history of ever":) And he's right, Star Wars isn't better than it was 4 years ago:P So yeah, why not...Brad Bird 2015!!

RidgeRacer4 on Nov 7, 2012


mi:4 was the best so give it to him!

avi on Nov 7, 2012


Couldn't agree more, I was hoping for Brad Bird already and seeing this great spot even made me aware of more reasons why he's be a perfect fit. Plus, Abrams is busy with Star Trek (wouldn't be surprised if he'll do a third one) and Whedon will be busy with Avengers 2, while Bird will be finished with 1952 - so that leaves him as the only available top choice. The Burj Al Kaleefa scene in MI4 is probably the most sensational thing I've ever seen on a big screen, just imagine Bird inserting some of that cinemagic into Star Wars!

marvelfan on Nov 7, 2012


Any director who wants to direct the new Star Wars movie should have a campaign video like this to get the job. This movie should be put into the right hands, that's how important the Star Wars franchise is

T-rex on Nov 7, 2012


Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol was average at best and The Incredibles and Ratatouille are terribly overrated. I'll be pretty disappointed if he is chosen.

Reagan Fabry on Nov 7, 2012


No it wasn't and no they aren't. Ghost Protocol is at least as good as DePalma's original, and The Incredibles and Ratatouille are probably among the three best Pixar films along with the first Toy Story.

wfc on Nov 7, 2012


It would be nice if they gave it to James Cameron but then it would prob take place underwater or something

Christopher Philip Cinquegrano on Nov 7, 2012


I thought we wanted the movies to be good

Geoffrey Shauger on Nov 7, 2012


He is best choise for every action but i love him direct next TERMINATOR movie I think mathew vaghn is enough for star wars

Ehsan Davodi on Nov 8, 2012


Meh.. The only real choice if he would accept is Steven Spielberg. Before some of you cringe at too much sugar coating, remember Spielberg is the guy who can transition from something like ET to Saving Private Ryan and be "good" at it. Let a legend direct the next movie. Lucas wanted him to direct Return of the jedi but if fell through because of directors guild contract disputes.

Jim Dawkins on Nov 8, 2012


Haha, funny vid. But why Episode VII? He's got his hands full with 1952, why not push for VIII, or will this campaign go on a while? =)

David Banner on Nov 8, 2012


Brad Bird was is my personal top choice for director! He knows how to pace a movie well, and He handles action great :).

Chrono2012 on Nov 9, 2012


Am I the only one out there who sees the obvious choice for the next Star Wars director? Duh! His name is PETER JACKSON. You know: of Lord of the Rings and King Kong fame?

O-Man on Nov 11, 2012

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