Disney and Lucasfilm seem to be having a difficult time finding a director for Episode 7, probably because they’re going after established directors that have their own thing going. Steven Spielberg, Brad Bird and J.J. Abrams have all declined publicly to be involved in the project. We already know that Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt is working on the script.
Now Guillermo del Toro has declined to be a part of the film. He even says that he was asked by Disney.
“We got one phone call to my agent saying, ‘Is Guillermo interested?’ And basically I have so much stuff already of my own, and I’m pursuing stuff that I’m generating already … It was very flattering. It was just a phone call, it didn’t go past that, it was very nice to be asked, but believe it or not, I’m busy enough.”
He certainly is busy as he’s finishing up Pacific Rim and has Disney’s Haunted Mansion coming at some point in the future. He even says he won’t be able to do any of those proposed Star Wars spin-offs, which may be more exciting than the new Episode movies as directors will have more freedom to play in the Star Wars universe.
Del Toro did unveil his choice for the franchise: Brad Bird. He also says that whoever does the new trilogy should be someone that can dedicate part of their life to it, kind of like Peter Jackson and the Lord of the Rings universe. Alas, Bird is busy with his own science fiction movie in 1952 starring George Clooney. [The Playlist]