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Guillermo Del Toro was approached for new Star Wars; reveals his top pick to direct

Jan. 7, 2013by:

As we continue to wait with bated breath to see who will helm the next Star Wars film, another name can be crossed off the list. Not that anyone really thought he'd do it anyway, given the massive amount of projects already on his slate, but Guillermo Del Toro is certainly an inspired choice and yet another reminder that the *new* Lucasfilm is on the ball when putting out feelers for talent. Let's hope their final selection reflects that, though.

"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..." said Del Toro to The Playlist, relenting that he had to turn the gig down. "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."

Accordingly, Del Toro said he wouldn't be helming any of the rumored spin-offs of the Star Wars universe, but the PACIFIC RIM helmer did name drop his perfect choice for the franchise. "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," said Del Toro.

Unfortunately, Bird also shot down any hope of helming STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, as he is gearing up for his elusive project 1952 with writers Jeff Jensen and Damon Lindelof with George Clooney in the lead. Del Toro has numerous TV/Cable shows in the works, including an Incredible Hulk revamp, The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death at HBO, an adaptation of The Strain for FX, as well as his feature film work, including a stop-motion PINNOCHIO and the recently announced CRIMSON PEAK.

Del Toro's next outing, PACIFIC RIM, opens on July 12, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Bust out the pitchforks, but as much as I love Del Toro, he wouldn't be my top pick for the new Star Wars (although he would be my top pick to help design some creatures). My nomination goes to Neill Blomkamp.
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7:50PM on 01/09/2013

LOL needed some red

Ya he would have signed on but then drop out like he always does on projects. Sorry but he is so overrated.
Ya he would have signed on but then drop out like he always does on projects. Sorry but he is so overrated.
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1:58PM on 01/08/2013

:D

Duncan Jones or Gore Verbinski.
Duncan Jones or Gore Verbinski.
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10:29PM on 01/07/2013

Someone who is a fan and of old school action.

I still say Steven Spielberg, even though he said no. I would prefer someone old school rather than some overboard action director like Michael Bay or Rob Cohen. I say Gore Verbinski, Robert Zermeckis, Peter Jackson, or even Darren Aronofsky. Del Toro would have been perfect and I hope he reconsiders, but then the public should promise not to hate him when nit picking the film.
I still say Steven Spielberg, even though he said no. I would prefer someone old school rather than some overboard action director like Michael Bay or Rob Cohen. I say Gore Verbinski, Robert Zermeckis, Peter Jackson, or even Darren Aronofsky. Del Toro would have been perfect and I hope he reconsiders, but then the public should promise not to hate him when nit picking the film.
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10:21PM on 01/07/2013
Tidbit: I completely agree! Blomkamp would be an awesome choice. I just really fucking hope they don't settle on someone just because the inspired choices aren't immediately available.
Tidbit: I completely agree! Blomkamp would be an awesome choice. I just really fucking hope they don't settle on someone just because the inspired choices aren't immediately available.
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5:17PM on 01/07/2013

Peter Jackson

thats the name with need..... or Neil Fukin Blomkamp.
thats the name with need..... or Neil Fukin Blomkamp.
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5:13PM on 01/07/2013

NO NOT THEM

I would like to hope with Len wiseman, brett ratner, and Paul WS Anderson's track record that Disney does not go near them. I cant stand Len wiseman as a director I gave him the benefit of the doubt with Total Recall, but even with all the support he got visually he still managed to make a shit movie. Now either that proves that visuals aren't everything or Len Wiseman really is a terrible director.
I would like to hope with Len wiseman, brett ratner, and Paul WS Anderson's track record that Disney does not go near them. I cant stand Len wiseman as a director I gave him the benefit of the doubt with Total Recall, but even with all the support he got visually he still managed to make a shit movie. Now either that proves that visuals aren't everything or Len Wiseman really is a terrible director.
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5:02PM on 01/07/2013

Why Brad Bird?

I must be missing something but I don't see why brad birds name has been thrown around for star wars so much. I'm not trying to put the guy down,but I have seen his movies and I don't see it. Help me understand?
I must be missing something but I don't see why brad birds name has been thrown around for star wars so much. I'm not trying to put the guy down,but I have seen his movies and I don't see it. Help me understand?
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5:11PM on 01/07/2013
I get the feeling that people today (at least those visiting these kind of sites) mostly just watches superheromovies. That's all they watch, nothing else. Their entire movie universe is centered around superheromovies. Meaning: whenever a movie project comes along and they haven't found a dir. yet these (superhero)moivenerds can only think to suggest people that previously made superheromovies. People like Brad Bird (the Incredibles), Christopher Nolan (Batman), Joss Whedon (Avengers) or maybe
I get the feeling that people today (at least those visiting these kind of sites) mostly just watches superheromovies. That's all they watch, nothing else. Their entire movie universe is centered around superheromovies. Meaning: whenever a movie project comes along and they haven't found a dir. yet these (superhero)moivenerds can only think to suggest people that previously made superheromovies. People like Brad Bird (the Incredibles), Christopher Nolan (Batman), Joss Whedon (Avengers) or maybe Jon Favre (Iron Man). They don't know any other directors...
9:13PM on 01/07/2013
Just my opinion, I cannot speak for everyone else BUT I think Brad Bird is a good choice based on his track record. Iron Giant, Incredibles, Ratatouille, MI 4. With the exception of Ratatouille these are action movies, but the focus is not always just on the action. He puts so much into the characters that you genuinely feel for the characters and enjoy the scenes where things are not blowing up as much as those where are hell does break loose. Additionally he is also a talented writer so he
Just my opinion, I cannot speak for everyone else BUT I think Brad Bird is a good choice based on his track record. Iron Giant, Incredibles, Ratatouille, MI 4. With the exception of Ratatouille these are action movies, but the focus is not always just on the action. He puts so much into the characters that you genuinely feel for the characters and enjoy the scenes where things are not blowing up as much as those where are hell does break loose. Additionally he is also a talented writer so he has the ability to work out script issues should they arise. If there is one thing the prequel trilogy was missing it was characters that you care about and I think Brad Bird would be able to add that aspect back into this sci-fi action series. Again just my opinion, but I would welcome him as director.
3:32PM on 01/07/2013

The problem is that...

... they are looking for a "director for hire" who didn't generate the roject himself. And obviously, the top directors have other projects right now. Disney announced the 2015 realease date, and they can't wait for one of these top directors to be free. They better find the right man fast before they start reaching out to McG, Paul WS Anderson, Ratner and the likes.
... they are looking for a "director for hire" who didn't generate the roject himself. And obviously, the top directors have other projects right now. Disney announced the 2015 realease date, and they can't wait for one of these top directors to be free. They better find the right man fast before they start reaching out to McG, Paul WS Anderson, Ratner and the likes.
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3:30PM on 01/07/2013

Wait for somebody great.

They should find someone willing to invest several years and make several films. Pretty much any name that people have suggested would be excellent choices. I'm afraid, however, that it'll be somebody like McG or Stephen Sommers or Rob Cohen or Len Wiseman...because they're available. Although to be fair I think McG and Len Wiseman are capable of making pretty movies...but then again, so is Michael Bay.
They should find someone willing to invest several years and make several films. Pretty much any name that people have suggested would be excellent choices. I'm afraid, however, that it'll be somebody like McG or Stephen Sommers or Rob Cohen or Len Wiseman...because they're available. Although to be fair I think McG and Len Wiseman are capable of making pretty movies...but then again, so is Michael Bay.
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3:20PM on 01/07/2013

Agreed! Bird would be perfect!!

Agreed! Bird would be perfect!! I am glad someone of Del Toro's caliber is on my page.
Agreed! Bird would be perfect!! I am glad someone of Del Toro's caliber is on my page.
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1:27PM on 01/07/2013
I thought it was pretty much a done deal that Matthew Vaughn has got the job. Has something changed?
I thought it was pretty much a done deal that Matthew Vaughn has got the job. Has something changed?
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1:26PM on 01/07/2013

still

My vote still goes to Andrew Stanton. But i also say it should get bumped to 2016. For one, Avengers 2 and Ant-Man are coming in 2015, and both those films are also Disney. And if that wasnt competition enough, theres still The Justice League movie and The Fantastic Four reboot. 2016 is too cluttered that fast tracking a Star Wars film to compete with these titles is just a bad idea. Stake claim on a spot in 2016 and do the project right
My vote still goes to Andrew Stanton. But i also say it should get bumped to 2016. For one, Avengers 2 and Ant-Man are coming in 2015, and both those films are also Disney. And if that wasnt competition enough, theres still The Justice League movie and The Fantastic Four reboot. 2016 is too cluttered that fast tracking a Star Wars film to compete with these titles is just a bad idea. Stake claim on a spot in 2016 and do the project right
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1:22PM on 01/07/2013
I still hope for Duncan Jones.
I still hope for Duncan Jones.
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1:20PM on 01/07/2013

my choice

I would love to see a Paul Verhoeven Star Wars. Drool.
I would love to see a Paul Verhoeven Star Wars. Drool.
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9:15AM on 01/08/2013
We already had one: it was called Starship Troopers.
We already had one: it was called Starship Troopers.
1:20PM on 01/07/2013

YES

I wish he was able to do it. If anyone can give the story the meat and potatoes it requires it would be him.
I wish he was able to do it. If anyone can give the story the meat and potatoes it requires it would be him.
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1:17PM on 01/07/2013

choices

Id like to see someone like joseph kosinski do it, I think he did a great job on Tron visually and captured the ambience of the whole thing. I would like someone who could capture the ambience of the empire strikes back.
Id like to see someone like joseph kosinski do it, I think he did a great job on Tron visually and captured the ambience of the whole thing. I would like someone who could capture the ambience of the empire strikes back.
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1:10PM on 01/07/2013

choices

Id like to see someone like joseph kosinski do it, I think he did a great job on Tron visually and captured the ambience of the whole thing. I would like someone who could capture the ambience of the empire strikes back.
Id like to see someone like joseph kosinski do it, I think he did a great job on Tron visually and captured the ambience of the whole thing. I would like someone who could capture the ambience of the empire strikes back.
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1:03PM on 01/07/2013

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A up and coming director, not unlike George Lucas. Actually, those directors often seem to have what it takes to be be more visionary than the seasoned directors, feeling the need to prove them self. E.g. Blomkamp.
A up and coming director, not unlike George Lucas. Actually, those directors often seem to have what it takes to be be more visionary than the seasoned directors, feeling the need to prove them self. E.g. Blomkamp.
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2:51PM on 01/07/2013
Indeed, I hope Star Wars gets such a director and we all end up pleased!
Indeed, I hope Star Wars gets such a director and we all end up pleased!
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1:01PM on 01/07/2013
Because of Star Trek, I find JJ Abrams the best choice.
But beacuse of Star Trek, he won't do it.
Because of Star Trek, I find JJ Abrams the best choice.
But beacuse of Star Trek, he won't do it.
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12:56PM on 01/07/2013
IF he would do it, we would definitely see puppetry and great make up rather than CGI. Too bad he isn't.
IF he would do it, we would definitely see puppetry and great make up rather than CGI. Too bad he isn't.
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12:40PM on 01/07/2013
Ditto
Ditto
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12:35PM on 01/07/2013
Obviously a good, popular choice. My #1 was Bird & #2 Pete Docter.

Felt sure he'd suggest my #3, Alfonso Cuaron.
Obviously a good, popular choice. My #1 was Bird & #2 Pete Docter.

Felt sure he'd suggest my #3, Alfonso Cuaron.
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12:33PM on 01/07/2013

I see a problem here...

It would seem that if you are a great and well respected Director, then you will obviously be booked up solid for the foreseeable future. So that leaves Star Wars with.........?
It would seem that if you are a great and well respected Director, then you will obviously be booked up solid for the foreseeable future. So that leaves Star Wars with.........?
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12:33PM on 01/07/2013
I'm convinced the final director will be one who has proven himself/herself a bit in film but is looking for that last big push. This being why no A-list directors are taking it on. I nominate Doug Jones as well.
I'm convinced the final director will be one who has proven himself/herself a bit in film but is looking for that last big push. This being why no A-list directors are taking it on. I nominate Doug Jones as well.
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