Aside from the fact that Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt is writing the thing, and that Disney is producing the thing, all we know about Star Wars: Episode VII is who isn’t directing it.  Steven Spielberg or Zack Snyder NopeQuentin Tarantino?  Not happening.  J.J. Abrams is a definite no, with Jon Favreau a big maybe.  Matthew Vaughn?  Maybe, but likely not.  So as we move down the fanboy-crafted list of potentials (might as well cross Christopher Nolan and Joss Whedon off while you’re at it), we now stop, with hope, at Brad Bird.  And then he crushes us.

Having directed such animated gems as The Incredibles before breaking into live action with Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol (an action film that was so much better, lively, and fun than it had any right to be), makes Bird a perfect candidate to breathe new life into a Star Wars film.  The man simply has a perfect ability to wed off-kilter and dazzling action sequences to well-crafted storylines.

So, of course, he’s not going to direct the film, either.

The director responded to an inquiry on Twitter about his possible direction of the newest Star Wars film, and it’s pretty blunt.  To the comment, “Tell me your next one is the new Star Wars!” Bird responded with:

Nope. A science fiction film. Not Star Wars.

So now move down one rung on your fanboy wishlist.  He did follow that statement up with a slightly more friendly comment, though:

That said, Michael Arndt is a fantastic writer and Kathy Kennedy is a brilliant producer. I will be first in line to see the new STAR WARS.

It turns out that, according to Cinema Blend, Bird is working on a sci-fi tentpole project currently titled 1952, which may star George Clooney.

What do you think of the Star Wars director news?