Guillermo Del Toro Says He Turned Down STAR WARS: EPISODE VII; Wishes Brad Bird Would Have Directed It

     January 7, 2013

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Back in November, Guillermo Del Toro said he hadn’t been approached to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, and he hadn’t really thought about the possibility.  “You know, because I have so many things that I need to catch up with,” said Del Toro. “If this becomes ever a reality, and there’s an approach to do it, I would then think about it, but — it’s like thinking if I want to date a supermodel. I don’t think about these things.”  Today, it turns out that Del Toro was eventually asked by Lucasfilm if he was interested, but he turned it down.

Hit the jump for more.  Star Wars: Episode VII is due out in 2015.  Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) is currently working on the script.

guillermo-del-toroSpeaking to The Playlist, Del Toro said

“We got one phone call to my agent saying, ‘Is Guillermo interested?’ ” he revealed saying, “And basically I have so much stuff already of my own, and I’m pursuing stuff that I’m generating already…” that he turned it down.  “It was just a phone call, it didn’t go past that, it was very nice to be asked, but believe it or not, I’m busy enough.”

I believe it.  Del Toro is attached to a slew of projects including Crimson Peak, The Haunted Mansion, Pinocchio, and hopefully one day, At the Mountains of Madness.  He’s also set to co-write the sequel to his upcoming blockbuster, Pacific Rim.  Doing Episode VII would mean dropping everything, and while I think Del Toro would have an interesting take on the Star Wars universe, I would prefer to see him pursue other, more personal material.

When asked who he would like to see in the director’s chair for Episode VII, Del Toro shared the sentiment of many fans by saying, “As a geek, I would have loved to see Brad Bird take it.”  Sadly, Bird took himself out of the running, but we can look forward to his upcoming, original project, 1952 written by Damon Lindelof and possibly starring George Clooney.

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