Guillermo Del Toro Says He Was Approached For 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' Would Have Loved To See Brad Bird Direct The Sequel

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by Kevin Jagernauth
January 7, 2013 9:16 AM
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Easily one of the biggest pieces of movie news that arrived in 2012 was the announcement that more "Star Wars" sequels were on the way. And heading into 2013, it's still on everyone's mind, even though "Star Wars: Episode 7" isn't due into theaters until 2015. What we know already is that Michael Arndt is writing the script, but the million dollar question remains: who is going to direct? Numerous big names -- J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg and more -- have taken themselves out of the race, and another who politely declined the gig was an early fan favorite: Guillermo Del Toro.

Back in November the director said "they haven’t formally approached me," but when The Playlist sat down with Del Toro recently, he revealed that he did get a call about the job. "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..." he said, explaining that he ultimately turned it down.

With numerous directing, producing and writing projects in the works, Del Toro made it clear that his own slate is full enough to keep him occupied, but he was still pleased to be approached. "It was very flattering," he said, adding: "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."

The director also ruled out the possibility of helming any of the proposed/rumored spinoffs as well. So who should take on the sequel? Del Toro believes it should be a filmmaker who can really dedicate themselves to the franchise, and he has his own suggestion. "I think the fans deserve somebody that is just going to immerse themselves completely. As a geek, I would have loved to see Brad Bird take it," he said.

And who wouldn't? But as fans already know, Bird has already said he won't be doing it, and has his own upcoming, mysterious "1952" brewing with George Clooney set to lead. So file this piece of trivia away under What Could Have Been, as we continue to await Disney's announcement on who will take us to a place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... -- reporting by Drew Taylor

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4 Comments

  • Tired of this | January 11, 2013 2:41 PMReply

    They should have stopped at A New Hope, Empire, and Return of the Jedi. Sometimes you can get too much of a good thing. The prequel trilogy ruined everything by trying to explain things better left unexplained. Also, the characters they introduced were terrible, and CGI just sucks compared to models. The pacing of the prequel trilogy was off: too busy and frenetic and "hey look at me!" compared to the gentler, somber pace of the older films. The older films had dignity. I'm not looking forward to Episode 7: Attack of Mediocrity. They should just close down Star Wars now, and people should move on to new ideas.

  • todd | January 8, 2013 7:04 PMReply

    my current Top Ten List of Likely Directors of SWE7:

    http://toddmthatcher.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/updated-who-will-direct-star-wars-episode-vii/

  • rodie | January 7, 2013 11:37 AMReply

    It has to be an intimidating role to take on. The hype and attention on this will be huge. Expectations from fanboys will be to make movies better than the prequels, and Disney of course just wants $$$. Plus, how to work well with Hamill, Ford and Fisher. I don't envy the new director, but I'd be okay if Matthew Vaughn or Gore Verbinski got it.

  • hellboy | January 7, 2013 10:43 AMReply

    Makes you wonder. If Del Toro were given free reign, what would he do with a new installment? I was more intrigued by The Hobbit when he was still attached to it. With his knowledge of mythology, his operatic sense of storytelling, it would've been fun...

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