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Brad Bird talks Star Wars and why he didn’t do it

October 15th, 2014 by Dave Bowling Comments

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.


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Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...