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Colin Trevorrow Says He’s Not Directing Star Wars: Episode VII

It looks like the short list for potential Star Wars: Episode VII directors has just gotten shorter and shorter. After weeks of rumors and speculation, director Colin Trevorrow has confirmed that he will not be directing the new Star Wars movie. He confirmed his status on the Episode VII project via Twitter.

After FilmSchoolReject.com put together a great piece suggesting that Trevorrow was a strong possibility as the new Star Wars director, the indie director tweeted to clarify and confirm that he is officially out of the running for the Episode VII job. Trevorrow tweeted, “To clarify, there is another film we all love that I’m currently trying not to mess up. Odds I will direct Episode VII: 3720 to 1.”

In an interview with The MacGuffin podcast back in June, Trevorrow teased, “his next project will involve him tackling a mythology with a substantial fan base.” He also added that, if he got said job, this ravenous fanbase would likely be angry about the selection. You can watch the video of the interview below, and skip to 21:45 for the juicy bits about the mystery project.

A few months ago, Trevorrow met with Lucasfilm, a meeting that attached him to the list of possible directors for Episode VII. This meeting took place after George Lucas watched Trevorrow’s sci-fi romantic comedy, Safety Not Guaranteed, and was deeply impressed with the indie director’s work. In an interview with a Swedish movie site, Trevorrow admitted his excitement for wanting to direct a Star Wars movie.

I would not comment much on it, but I’m as much a Star Wars fan like everyone else who grew up with it as one of the most important in their lives. I am deeply aware of how incredibly important it is for billions of people. It really is a mythology, and possibly also a religion for many. I can not comment on what my involvement would be, but I can definitely say that I would love to direct a Star Wars movie at some point in my life. It would be incredible. I will not be deterred by it.

So far directors Brad Bird, Ben Affleck, Quentin Tarantino, Zack Snyder, J.J. Abrams, and now Colin Trevorrow have stated that they will not be directing the new Star Wars movie. It seems like the short list of directors has been whittled down to a few possible directors: Matthew Vaughn, Joe Johnston, and Brenda Chapman. Unless it’s somebody else.

Either way, we’re one step closer to Star Wars: Episode VII opening in theaters in 2015.

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