Brad Bird Talks Turning Down “Star Wars”

Filmmaker Brad Bird helmed three acclaimed animated movies (“The Iron Giant,” “Ratatouille,” “The Incredibles”) and made the transition to live-action with the excellent “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol”.

His next film is the George Clooney-led “Tomorrowland” which opens next May, but at one time there was talk of him being linked to take the helm “Star Wars: Episode VII”. Speaking with MTV, Bird said there was a brief possibility at one time but he couldn’t do it and make “Tomorrowland” as good as he could make it:

“We were already deeply into this [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 it [Star Wars].

What wouldn’t work… it [Star Wars] was supposed to be the Summer of that coming year [2015] and there was no way to make that schedule and give this film [Tomorrowland] 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.”

Speaking of “Star Wars: Episode VII,” The Daily Mail reports that Harrison Ford has completed his work on the film, joining the likes of Anthony Daniels and Oscar Issac who have already wrapped working on their roles.