Steven Spielberg Says He's a Fan of 'Star Wars' Films, But Won’t Ever Direct One

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Steven Spielberg (Photo: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Steven Spielberg may be set to return to the Indiana Jones franchise he created with George Lucas, but when it comes to Lucas’ other famous series, Star Wars, count the legendary director out.

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On the international press tour for The BFG (opening in the U.S. on July 1), his forthcoming adaptation of the beloved Roald Dahl novel about a young girl’s relationship with a friendly giant, Spielberg confessed that the galaxy far, far away just isn’t a comfortable fit for his own sensibilities. As reported by The Toronto Sun, the Jaws and Jurassic Park auteur stated:

“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.”

Watch a clip from ‘The BFG’:

Nonetheless, if he’s content to sit on the sidelines for any further adventures involving Luke, Leia, Rey, and Finn, he’s severely disappointed that his time with The BFG — written by E.T. screenwriter, the late Melissa Mathison, and starring Bridge of Spies Oscar winner Mark Rylance — has come to a close, given how much he enjoyed making the movie.

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“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.

That was the worst moment. When I finished the colour correction, the soundtrack and the mix, (composer John) Williams had finished his brilliant score and I was faced with the fact that I wasn’t going to return to the film again.

It was at that moment I realized how deeply in love I was with this project.”

Watch a trailer for ‘The BFG’: