Bird, director of The Incredibles and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, is currently helming Tomorrowland, starring George Clooney, but at one time there was talk of him being linked to Episode VII.
Speaking with MTV, Bird said there was a very brief possibility at one time: “We were already deeply into [Tomorrowland] and it was down the road a bit. For a moment there I thought it would work out to do this and go right into [Star Wars].
“It was supposed to be the summer of that coming year and there was no way to make that schedule and give this film the attention that it deserved. So I had to step away. I know it’s going to be terrific and everything, but I’m really happy to do this film. It’s rare to do a film of size that’s original, and those opportunities can’t be missed either.”
Tomorrowland is currently slated for release in May 2015.