Guillermo Del Toro turned down Star Wars Episode 7

Guillermo Del Toro

A couple of weeks ago we found out that one of the fan favorites to direct Star Wars Episode VII, J.J. Abrams, was indeed approached about the job. Being a massive fan of the series, Abrams opted to see the movie in a theater instead of in the editing room.

Now comes word of another major talent that was approached for the new Star Wars, Guillermo del Toro.

When it comes to large movie projects, del Toro is always a name you’ll hear mentioned in the mix. But because of this, he’s also one of the busiest people in the business and had to turn down being considered for the job.

The report about Star Wars came through an interview with Playlist, where he simply 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.”

Interestingly, he did offer up an alternative – He wants Brad Bird to do it.

He also took some time to talk about At the Mountains of Madness. Initially, he had canned the project over budget issues and Similarities to Prometheus.

Now he’s saying that he’d like to give the movie one more try and that he even still has Tom Cruise attached to star.



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