Guillermo Del Toro turns down STAR WARS EPISODE VII
So Guillermo Del Toro becomes the latest director to turn down STAR WARS EPISODE VII which shouldn’t shock many as a lot of directors which the fanboys want are the type of people who like to “Create” their own universes, and like to develop films which haven’t been done before or take adaptaions to the big screen on properties which haven’t been touched like Del Toro, and Hellboy.
With that said I’m as big a Del Toro fan as any, and have always wanted to see what he could do in
the Star Wars or Lord of the Rings universe. We almost got to see him Direct the Hobbit but Peter Jackson eventually got his hands on that property.
But Star Wars was the one which always seemed more up Del Toros alley. So it came with sad news to hear that he has turned down the next Star Wars movie due out in 2015.
Del Toro admits that he was indeed offered the job, but had to turn it down due to having so much on his plate already. However, he does give the name of the man he would love to see take the reigns instead.
“We got one phone call to my agent saying, ‘Is Guillermo interested?’ And basically
I have so much stuff already of my own, and I’m pursuing stuff that I’m generating already..It was very flattering. 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.”
Del Toro said. “As a geek, I would have loved to see Brad Bird take it.” for those who are not familiar with Bird’s work he was the director on Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
which most fans agree was an excellent film in a series which had lost some of it’s luster with the third movie. He’s also responsible for such great animations as “Ratatouille” and “ The Iron Giant” Bird would seem to be a nice fit for the Star Wars universe.
Now I don’t know if Disney wants one director for the trilogy or if they will have different directors for each film. I would rather see the later myself.
While Bird would be a good fit, and a good suggestion he does seem to have some other projects in the way one with George Clooney called 1952 (pre-production) and another called 1906 (pre-production) I think the movie names being years might just be an odd coincidence.
But either way he has two movies in pre production, and might not be available to get a major motion picture like Star Wars off the ground in the next two years. Which is what is needed.
The director I personally think would be the best choice is Matthew Vaughn who made the only X men movie I’ve enjoyed to date. X-Men: Days of Future Past and sadly took himself out of the directors chair for the sequel in a very odd, and mysterious way. Almost as if to make sure he’s available
for another project which might come his way that is bigger then X MEN.
right up his alley.