Guillermo del Toro turned down Star Wars Episode VII

News Ryan Lambie
7 Jan 2013 - 16:29
Guillermo Del Toro - currently a happy man.

Director Guillermo del Toro turned down Star Wars Episode VII, he confirms - and also reveals who he hopes will direct it instead...

Figuring out the identity of the director who will ultimately take on Star Wars Episode VII has become an international pastime in recent months. Numerous big names have been rumoured and dismissed, while others have been attached and then promptly detached - late last year, we heard that JJ Abrams was another A-list director to have turned down the job, reportedly because of his loyalty to Star Trek.

One of those rumoured names was Guillermo del Toro, who's currently putting the final touches to his giant monster movie, Pacific Rim. It turns out that del Toro was indeed offered the job, but was forced to turn the offer of directing Episode VII down due to his existing commitments.

"We got one phone call to my agent saying, 'Is Guillermo interested?'" he told The Playlist. "And basically I have so much stuff already of my own, and I'm pursuing stuff that I'm generating already..."

Apparently, that phone call marked the beginning and end of del Toro's involvement in the Lucasverse. The director did, however, mention who he would like to see in the chair for Episode VII.

"I think the fans deserve somebody that is just going to immerse themselves completely," del Toro said. "As a geek, I would have loved to see Brad Bird take it."

Unfortunately, there's little chance of Bird directing the next Star Wars movie. He's currently busy on his science fiction film 1952 - a project whose secrecy and vague title has led to some speculation that this secretive film is in fact Episode VII. Given that it's said to star George Clooney, was co-written by Damon Lindelof, and is apparently about inventor Nikola Tesla, this seems extremely unlikely.

We'll bring you more Star Wars bits as they float in. 

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