17 November 2012 6:31 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Sorry to put a damper on your weekend, but it's looking as if director Brad Bird (The Incredibles) is out of the running for Star Wars: Episode VII.  Tops on may fans' lists of dream directors for the new sequel, Bird was considered a frontrunner due to his connections with Disney (who now owns Lucasfilm and the rights to Star Wars, along with Pixar, of course) and the involvement of screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) who will write the screenplay for Episode VII.  Bird's schedule grew a little more complicated recently when the epic sci-fi project 1952 landed George Clooney in a lead role.  Though the project isn't greenlit (and though Twitter isn't exactly hard journalistic evidence), it looks like this will be Bird's next picture and, sadly, not Star Wars.  Hit the jump to see what Bird had to say.  The following Tweets from Bird's own account break the »

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