Extreme Fans: Fan-Made Video "Elects" Brad Bird for Star Wars: Episode VII Director
11.08.12 by Ryan
It's only been a little over a week since George Lucas handed over the keys to his Star Wars franchise to Disney and already potential director names are being floated around the web. X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn is rumored to be up for the sequel, while other reports claim that Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) could get the job since Lucas has already spoken to the director about it several months ago, and, even though the decision will not be made by Lucas, Star Wars mania dictates that any director that has met with Lucas in the next or past year is a potential candidate.
However, if certain extreme fans get their way, The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol director Brad Bird should get the job. While the nation has already made their choice in the Presidential election, a new, fan-made video has arrived that makes a case for the next important race: getting Bird into the director's chair for 2015's Star Wars: Episode VII. They make a convincing argument.
Assuming Disney isn't opposed to the idea, would Bird be able to take the job? Bird has already said that he doesn't want to return for Mission: Impossible 5, but is reportedly working on a top-secret sci-fi project with screenwriter Damon Lindelof (Prometheus) titled 1952, which is not meant to be confused with Bird's other passion project, San Francisco earthquake flick 1906. Still, Episode 7 is Episode 7 and, if both parties are mutually interested, we imagine Bird would take the job. But that's a big if, unless fans work to get out the vote!
Meanwhile, there's no telling what Episode 7 will even be at this point, as no writer had been revealed as of yet. The current projection on the next trilogy is that it will bring back the three principal characters from the original trilogy — Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford). Fisher recently declared that she would return, while Ford is rumored to be "open" to the idea of returning as well. Hamill is reportedly interested, too.
How much action the three actors will be involved in remains to be seen, and it's likely that, if Luke, Leia, and Han do show up, they'll be handing the trilogy over to a new group of young padawans. Once a writer and director are found, then it'll be time for a new campaign for a cast, but, until then, you can check out our 10 things to expect in the next Star Wars trilogy here.