Steven Spielberg Won't Do Star Wars

Steven Spielberg Star WarsLincoln took the spotlight at a rainy premiere Thursday night, closing out AFI Fest 2012. But whispers of Star Wars made their way to the red carpet. Steve Spielberg, however, took the speculation head-on, saying he won't direct any future Star Wars installments.

The long-time colleague and friend of George Lucas gave an emphatic negative about possibly taking on directing the planned Episode 7, set for 2015.

"No, no!" he told Access Hollywood at the Lincoln event. "It's not my genre. It's my best friend George's genre."

Furthermore, he said he's no longer interested in action-pics (though he has signed on for Sci-Fi thriller Robopocalypse post-Lincoln).

"I knew I could do the action in my sleep at this point in my career," he said. "In my life, the action doesn't hold any … it doesn't attract me any more," he said recently on 60 Minutes.

Star Wars will return, courtesy of the sale of Lucasfilm to The Walt Disney Company for $4.05 billion, which promptly said it will launch a new installment in the huge franchise in 2015, and that a Star Wars 8 and 9 are also on-tap.

But just how much Lucas will oversee the next Star Wars movies is still a matter of speculation. He said in the official statement about Lucasfilms' sale that it's "... Now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime."

He also said recently at a post-sale event that he'd like to do "little personal films" going forward, and that he's turning the ship over to another long-time collaborator.

"I've turned it over to a wonderful producer, Kathy Kennedy, and I've known her for years," he said. "She's more than capable of taking it and making it better than I did." He added, "It's very sad. It's 40 years of work and it's been my life, but I'm ready to move on to bigger and better things."

[Source: Access Hollywood]


  • Jake says:

    Thank goodness. Keep this over the hill fool away from it... just like that over the hill fool Lucas.

    Can you imagine Star Wars as shot by Kaminski? Ugh! "Yes, Steven, even in space, all the windows are over exposed!"

    - Jake

  • Good. I don't trust what Hollywood has become now. The people are becoming the environment. They're acting like trash left by the side of the highway. Everyone's smug attitude is the smog blanketing the atmosphere. Its a sad world we live in where peacenik daughters are progressively becoming overshadowed by constantly told off soccer moms. I'll tell you where I was 10 years ago: getting my foot in the door to now say "hey man, whose place is it and has always been?" I'm not a little kid anymore. That I'm here again means its not the first time I set foot. This isn't Saved By The Bell. Celeb reality television began as something wholesome akin to vintage Fox network for entire families to share. >.< To quote what first made people smirk my way: "eat my shorts."