Cross off Guillermo Del Toro from the list of people who could be associated with Disney’s upcoming Star Wars Episode 7. According to The Playlist, Del Toro has reportedly turned down an offer from LucasFilm to direct the upcoming addition to the popular sci-fi franchise. In short, he’s just too busy. From a recent interview he noted the following;
“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 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.”
Which is a shame for those of us who were hoping that the talented director (Pan’s Labrynth, Hellboy II: The Golden Army) would be able to put his spin on the highly-anticipated next installment of the series. Not only would Del Toro’s unique approach to story telling be interesting, but you can’t help but wonder how his unique talent for visuals and costumes would add to the Star Wars universe. If anything, his film would have been distinctly different than anything that was produced under the helm of George Lucas. Case-in-point, Del Toro’s ability to make special effects look good without copious use of computers versus Lucas’ heavy reliance on them in the prequel triology.
Del Toro also made it clear that he would be unable to do any of the sequels. Del Toro’s opinion is that the franchise needs a director who can stick with the franchise long-term. His suggestion? Brad Bird.
“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,”
Unfortunately, Bird is currently busy with one of his own projects, which makes his chances of being able to film Episode 7 slim. However, the possibility of him working on a future Star Wars film is still open. From the work he’s done so far, there’s no doubt that Bird’s direction could yield an exciting movie and for that reason you have to assume that LucasFilm and Disney are considering him.