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Who Will Direct the New 'Star Wars?' Not Abrams, Tarantino, Spielberg or Snyder

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UPDATE: J.J. Abrams has taken his name off the list and Jon Favreau made a few vague comments on the matter. Read on for details.

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Now that we know there will be a "Star Wars: Episode VII" and that the three stars of the original "Star Wars" trilogy are all interested in returning, the big question on everyone's mind is: Who will direct it?

And while that is still up in the air, at least we can cross a few names off the list, because there are several directors who definitely won't be directing "Star Wars: Episode VII."

Like Steven Spielberg.

Sorry to say, but despite the fact that Spielberg is known for both his close friendship with George Lucas and his affinity for science fiction films, Spielberg emphatically told Access Hollywood that he would not be working on the new "Star Wars" trilogy.

"No! No!" Spielberg said when asked. "It's not my genre. It's by best friend George's genre."

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And Spielberg isn't the only high profile director who is making himself unavailable for "Star Wars: Episode VII." Also among those who Disney should not bother calling? Quentin Tarantino.

"I could so care less," Tarantino told Entertainment Weekly. "Especially if Disney's going to do it. I'm not interested in the Simon West version of 'Star Wars,'" he said, simultaneously dissing both Disney and the director of "Con Air."

Who does that leave? Well, you would think that über-geek Zack Snyder would be up for the job considering he's already taken on such holy grails as "Watchmen" and "Man of Steel." But, in this case, Snyder tells the Los Angeles Times that "Star Wars" may just be too awesome even for him.

"I don't think I'd be interested in [directing it]," he said. "I'm a huge 'Star Wars' fanatic. I just think doing [episodes] seven, eight and nine is just a slippery slope. It's a whole other mythological experiment I'm excited to see, but it's a lot of effort."

"Star Trek" director J.J. Abrams echos some of their sentiments, telling Hollywood Life, "'Star Wars' is one of my favorite movies of all time. "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 then anyone to the next iterations of 'Star Wars,' but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer."

"Iron Man" king Jon Favreau was a bit more vague.

"I think both J.J. [Abrams] and I come from a generation of people who formed our whole creative persona around what we experienced as kids from watching those films, and I have had the good fortune of working with George [Lucas] and around George," he tells Hollywood Life. "Whether it is doing a voice on 'Clone Wars,' or being at the Skywalker Ranch mixing 'Iron Man' – so I have been very happy and lucky to just experience the culture that Lucas has created, both in my own life growing up as a kid and professional – whether it was interviewing him at film festivals on stage, he is just a really wonderful, talented, gifted guy who has changed the business so much, so I am just giddy, first and foremost as a fan, to see what happens with it.

"I think there is a lot of question marks of how they are going to do it, and who they are going to do it with, and what the story is going to be about; but to say that I am not excited about it is definitely an understatement. We'll see."

So the question of who will finally step up to the plate and take on the biggest project of the century remains up in the air. But with directors falling by the wayside one after another, Conan O'Brien is having some fun with the debate over who should direct the new "Star Wars" trilogy.

Here's a look at Team Coco's take on what "Hangover" director Todd Phillips might be able to do with the franchise...

(Originally published on Nov. 9, 2012, at 3:16 p.m. ET)

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