Ever since it was announced that J.J. Abrams would direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans started to wonder if Abrams’ friend and mentor Steven Spielberg would ever direct a new Star Wars project, be it a solo spin-off film or one of the episodes. Simply put, the answer is no.
During a recent interview with the Toronto Sun, Spielberg opened up about his passion for Star Wars and why he won’t work on the franchise.
“I’m never going to make a Star Wars film. That’s not my genre. It’s certainly my buddy’s — the Thomas Edison of science fiction, George Lucas, who created the entire series. But that was never for me. I’m just a fan; I’m just with everybody else in the audience watching them.”
Spielberg is currently promoting his upcoming film, The BFG. BFG takes on a many magical elements and this was a very different directing experience for Spielberg.
“This was an open and closed-ended excursion in the imagination of magic. I haven’t done anything really in my entire career to do with alchemy; real magic. So for me (The BFG) was an original adventure and I had the best time on it. I worked for three years on it and the worst moment I had was when I finished the movie.”
While having Spielberg direct a Star Wars film would have been epic, it appears that the franchise is in great hands and has the blessing of Spielberg.