Every week we seem to be inundated with Star Wars news and rumors. The latest came from Carrie Fisher talking about her role in Star Wars: Episode VII, something turned out to just be a joke, and an unenthused Billy Dee Williams being saying he’d come back. Now, there is more to report on as The Incredibles director Brad Bird has addressed his fans who are calling him out to direct Episode VII and how many Star Wars films LucasFilm wants to produce a year.
Bird is now a part of an exclusive club whose membership includes Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Zack Snyder, and possibly J.J. Abrams. Bird has confirmed that he will NOT be directing Star Wars: Episode VII. He did confirm that his 1952 film starring George Clooney will be under the sci-fi genre. But for anyone who had Bird on their top ten list, you may want to cross his name off now.
Although Bird confirmed he wasn’t directing, he did give his praise to screenwriter Michael Arndt and producer Kathleen Kennedy. He also tweeted that he would be first in line to see the new Star Wars film.
Here are a couple of tweets confirming the news.
Now for just how many Star Wars films we could be seeing in the coming years. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that LucasFilm wants to produce two to three Star Wars films a year. Sounds like the company wants to follow in the footsteps of Marvel Studios, a studio that releases an average of two films a year. But this might be nothing more than just a rumor as the article posted this interesting quote, which isn’t exactly a direct one:
“LucasFilm’s co-chariman, and soon-to-be president, Kathleen Kennedy, has told employees she wants the company to produce to or three films a year (it’s averaged fewer than four per decade), and first up is ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ in 2015, which will pick up sometime after Darth Vader gave his life to overthrow the Emperor and save Luke in 1983′s Episode VI – ‘Return Of The Jedi.’ “
Now the key word to focus on is “want.” Not everyone gets want they want. We also have to remember that LucasFilm also produced the WWII African American fighter pilot drama Red Tails. That film clearly wasn’t Star Wars. So we may be seeing two to three films from LucasFilms that are not related to the Star Wars canon in any way or may be we could. That being said, I am crossing my fingers for a solo Boba Fett flick.
So are you upset that Brad Bird won’t direct Star Wars: Episode VII? What about the possibility of seeing up to two Star Wars films a year?
[Source: Twitter | EW]