Ever since it was announced that a new, George Lucas-free Star Wars trilogy was happening courtesy of a mega-sale with Disney, the internet has been virtually imploding with speculation as to who would direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first film in the new sequel trilogy.  While Matthew Vaughn emerged as a rumored front-runner, speculation also landed on directors as disparate as pop-cinema master Steven Spielberg to the hack-y Zack Snyder.  Read their responses to the rumors below.

First up, Spielberg, who has teamed up with Lucas before, most notably on the Indiana Jones franchise.  It would make sense, in a way, to see Spielberg try his hand at a Star Wars entry, as his collaborations with Lucas, and previous sci-fi work (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T., A.I., Minority Report, War of the Worlds, etc.) would leave him well-prepared (despite that fact that it is his very connection to Lucas that could also make this a bad idea).  However, according to Cinema Blend, when asked at the premiere of Lincoln if he would be interested in helming a Star Wars film, Spielberg replied with:

“No! No! It’s not my genre. It’s my best friend George’s genre.”

Well, that answers that.

Elsewhere, rumors begin to trail Zack Snyder (300, Man of Steel) as well, as apparently the internet really wants a Star Wars with zero character development in which impossibly muscled men run in slow-motion before being sped up right before a violent clash, and all women wear as little as possible, and baby zombies appear (actually, ok, that sounds like a much more interesting Star Wars film than the last three, I admit).  And Snyder’s response, according to /Film?  It’s much like Spielberg’s:

“I don’t think I’d be interested in [directing it]…I’m a huge Star Wars fanatic. I just think doing 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: two more names to scratch off the list, internet.

What do you think of the Star Wars news?