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Abrams, Favreau, Del Toro Talk "Star Wars"

By Garth Franklin Monday November 12th 2012 11:24PM

A few more days have passed, a few more big name directors have responded to online reports that they are candidates to take the helm of "Star Wars: Episode VII" at Disney.

As previously indicated, the likes of Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino and Zack Snyder have ruled themselves out of the running. Now, J.J. Abrams has done the same.

Abrams tells Hollywood Life that he was able to reboot "Star Trek" because he was never a big fan of the franchise and thus wasn't intimidated by it. "Star Wars" on the other hand comes with a major burden he isn't keen to tackle. "I am looking forward more then anyone to the next iterations of Star Wars, but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer" he says.

Three other filmmakers also linked - Guillermo Del Toro, Jon Favreau, and Colin Tervorrow - haven't shut the door just yet but all essentially ducked the question. Del Toro tells Fanhattan Blog that "I haven’t approached them, they haven’t formally approached me. I mean, I heard some rumblings, but to me it’s really — I have so many projects to discuss or think about. [For] something that is not a possibility yet, I don’t do that… If this becomes ever a reality, and there’s an approach to do it, I would then think about it, but — it’s like thinking if I want to date a supermodel. I don’t think about these things."

Then there's Favreau who avoided answering altogether when asked by Hollywood Life about it - "I am just giddy, first and foremost as a fan, to see what happens with it. I think there is a lot of question marks of how they are going to do it, and who they are going to do it with, and what the story is going to be about; but to say that I am not excited about it is definitely an understatement. We’ll see.”

Similary, "Safety Not Guaranteed" director Trevorrow avoided answering, telling Filmmixern.se & /Film that: “I think whoever gets it will have that fundamental understanding of why Star Wars matters so much to a billion people. It’s just incredible. So that’s all I can say about that. I’m equally excited about it. … that’s all you’re gonna get!”

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