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Director of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol appears to deny interest in new film in exchange with fans on Twitter

Brad Bird, the director of The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, has become the latest high-profile film-maker to rule himself out of the running for the new Star Wars film.

Bird made the comment via Twitter in response to a fan who asked him to respond to reports that he was top of producers' wishlist for Star Wars Episode 7. The new film is due in 2015 and follows Disney's $4.05bn purchase of Lucasfilm and all rights to the long-running space opera last month.

When a follower tweeted, "Tell me your next one is the new Star Wars!", Bird replied: "Nope. A science fiction film. Not Star Wars." He later added: "That said, Michael Arndt is a fantastic writer and Kathy Kennedy is a brilliant producer. I will be first in line »

- Ben Child

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