18 November 2012 4:39 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Brad Bird has become the latest director to throw his hat out of the "Star Wars" ring. The "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" helmer tweeted over the weekend that he would not be helming "Episode VII" for George Lucas, responding to a follower's direct inquiry with: "Not doing Star Wars." Sounds definitive enough. Instead, Bird confirmed - thanks to another (decidedly combative) follower - that he will next be helming "1952," Damon Lindelof's super-secret sci-fi film project that was first revealed in the summer of 2011 and which, if they're lucky, may have nabbed George Clooney as leading man. “@gregaveryowens: Totally »

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