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

     January 7, 2013


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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  • sense 11

    He should have said yes

    • paul

      Uhm, no, am relieved he said no. The guy comes from a very dark, horror based aesthetic, totally wrong for SW. Brad Bird would have been a great fit. We shall see who takes the mantel….

    • Truthsayer

      He’s an overrated hack, he should’ve said no, as he did.

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  • bane

    well thats the second biggest mistake he’s made, the first being, dropping out of the hobbit, yeah I would much rather see the great director of hellboy 1 and 2 direct pinnochio and the the haunted freaking mansion (eye roll) than an awesome, end all be all new star wars movie

    • Truthsayer

      The “great director of hellboy 1 ans 2″?? 1 was ok and the 2nd was crap. People give him way too much credit.

  • Lance

    Del Toro may not have been perfect but what I like about his movies is that he doesn’t rush to use CG when there’s a way to get the effect in camera. I agree with him Brad Bird would have been just about the perfect choice. There’s a guy who understands how to tell both a real story and deliver action.

    Favreau? Totally wrong choice. Watch Iron Man 2 or Cowboys and Aliens and realize he doesn’t really handle story very well, so much as he does a good job in letting actors be colorful and funny.

  • Strtrcr

    If no one accepts the position by April. Then, collider should do an article April 1st saying “George Lucas has accepted coming back for episode VII”

  • Rockslide

    I would pay triple ticket price to see a Brad Bird Star Wars. Its really too bad he’s not interested. Perhaps I’ll hold out hope for him to do Episode 8 or 9.

    What about a Peter Jackson Star Wars?

    • Transmitte

      Jackson? I dunno, that would involve a lot walking and shitloads of Jawa’s trying to break into Jabba’s to throw old droid restraining bolts and or collars at him. LULZ.

      • Truthsayer

        What? That doesn’t even make sense, nor as a joke. The “walking” takes up mere seconds of LOTR, you’ve blatantly just seen the Honest trailer for it lol.

      • Grimcicle

        Or he’s seen Clerks II, or An Evening With Kevin Smith 2: Evening Harder.

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  • MrPerfect

    Let’s see that makes:

    Spielberg, Bird, Abrams, Snyder, Tarantino, and now Del Toro. I love how in those promo videos Kathleen said what she is looking for in a director for SW7 and talks about how they will go after incredibly talented people. I guess she’ll have to shorten it to, “Anyone who will do it! We’ll give you 10% of the grosses!”

  • amg907

    Smart move Del Toro.

    it appears to me that a lot of directors arent touching because they fear the inevitable CRUCIFIXION if they fuck up.

    No one wants that on their resume. Plus, STARWARS came out in the late 70′s and all the most talented and established directors cite this as one of of the most important they have ever seen. I could definitely understand that ambivalence of taking on such on iconic project…. especially one in which you may have to direct Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.

    Brad Bird would have been solid IMO.

  • Northern Star

    Does ANYONE other than Jon Favreau want this job in Hollywood? It all depends on both the individual scripts and broader overall story arc for the new trilogy as to whether it will work or not, and getting Michael Arndt to script Episode VII is a heckuva good first step… my bet is it will be either Matthew Vaughn, Jon Favreau, or Joe Johnston that will direct one or more of the new films, but I could be proved wrong!

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  • tom

    ok fine. i guess i’ll just direct it


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