‘Tomorrowland’ Director Brad Bird Explains Why He Turned Down ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

By Mradula Mahajan | 1 year ago
‘Tomorrowland’ Director Brad Bird Explains Why He Turned Down ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Brad Bird is one of the most notable director in Hollywood at this time. With films like, “The Iron Giant,” “The Incredibles,” and “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” under his name, he was among the top choices to direct the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the seventh installment of the “Star Wars” movie franchise. But the American director did not accept the oppurtunity to direct the movie, and in an interview to the Yahoo! News, the director explains why. Read on to know more.

Brad Bird passed up the chance to direct “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” because he wanted to direct “Tomorrowland,” which stars George Clooney, with whom he had prior commitments. At the time he was offered the seventh installment of the “Star Wars” series, Bird was already working on the production of Disney’s “Tomorrowland.”


In the interview, Bird explained that turning down “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was a tough decision, but it was not possible for him to hold “Tomorrowland.”

“I understand they had to make Star Wars and they would’ve had to push it in order for me to do it,” said Bird in the interview.

Apparently, Disney and Lucasfilms did not wanted to wait, so when Bird declined their offer, the job for directing the seventh part in the “Star Wars” universe went to J.J. Adams, who is famous for directing the “Star Trek” series.

When asked about his views on directing the next part in “Star Wars” anthology, Bird simply said that at this moment he is busy working writing “The Incredibles 2.” J.J. Adams, or someone else, seems likely to helm the upcoming parts of the “Star Wars” saga.

Brad Bird’s decision of directing something original rather than working on some franchise was praised by many people, but “Tomorrowland” has got average overall ratings. Do you think that Bird’s decision of declining the world-famous “Star Wars” was worth it? Tell us your opinions in the comments below.

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