jj abrams star wars episode 7 J.J. Abrams shoots down 'Star Wars: Episode VII' directing rumors

Just who will direct “Star Wars: Episode VII”? For now, we have more names against the project than we have for it.

Everyone from Steven Spielberg to Quentin Tarantino to Guillermo del Toro has denied interest in directing the newest “Star Wars” film, and now seeming frontrunner J.J. Abrams is saying he’s not up for contention as well. Spielberg, Abrams and Brad Bird (who is currently gearing up for Disney’s “1952”) were all reported to be frontrunners for the directing gig, but it seems like none of them are going to take it.

“Look, Star Wars is one of my favorite movies of all time,” Abrams tells Hollywood Life. “I frankly feel that — I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big ‘Star Trek’ fan growing up, so for me, working on ‘Star Trek’ didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more [than] anyone to the next iterations of ‘Star Wars,’ but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!”

There at least are a couple of people who seem to be itching for the role. Matthew Vaughn, Jon Favreau and “Safety Not Guaranteed” director Colin Trevorrow all seem interested, so we’ll see if anything pans out with those names. We’ve already listed off the directors we think would be great for “Star Wars: Episode VII,” but who do you think would do justice to the upcoming sequel?

Posted by:Terri Schwartz