Guillermo del Toro is well-known among the geek community for his love of monster movies. From vampires and ghosts to the monstrous Kaiju of Pacific Rim and the supernatural heroes of the Hellboy franchise, the director certainly has demonstrated his affection for strange and imaginative creatures.
Nowadays, del Toro is keeping busy with this fall’s horror film Crimson Peak and developing Pacific Rim 2 for its 2017 release. However, with so many directors hopping aboard larger franchises, one might wonder whether the filmmaker has any interest in putting his unique stamp on an existing property. After all, he was previously connected to an Incredible Hulk television series and collaborated with Peter Jackson on The Hobbit trilogy.
As it turns out, del Toro has an idea about a Star Wars spinoff centering on none other than Tattoine crime lord Jabba the Hutt. Courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, here’s what he had to say about his approach:
“This is not real. This is me as a fat geek just geeking out and talking about it. I would do the sort of Godfather saga that Jabba the Hutt had to go through to gain control. One, because it’s the character that looks the most like me, and I like him. I love the idea of a Hutt type of mafia, a very complex coup. I just love the character.”
While the slug-like Jabba may not be the first character Star Wars fans would think of for a proposed spinoff film, there is a ton of potential in the idea of a story chronicling, at least in part, the character’s rise to power. Throughout the saga, the Hutts are referred to as powerful, ruthless gangsters. However, little of that backstory is present in the films, aside from Jabba’s villainous role in the first act of Return of the Jedi. Details of the Hutt’s penchant for underworld dealings and treachery were explored in the Clone Wars animated series; however, the coup that would make Jabba the Hutt we love to hate has yet to be seen.
Moreover, a Jabba film opens up the possibility of appearances by other fan-favorite characters like a young Han Solo and Boba Fett, since the original trilogy alludes to a history among them. And since Jabba’s base of operations is Tattoine, there is a certain Jedi Master laying low on that planet that he could cross paths with, depending on when the story is set within the canon.
With the Star Wars universe quickly filling up with a number of projects, it will likely be a long while until del Toro even has the chance to hop into the franchise, but his idea isn’t entirely without merit. Besides, if these ongoing shared universes hope to prevent audience fatigue, telling new kinds of stories (such as a Star Wars mafia film) is essential. Let’s just hope that del Toro is able to finish telling the Hellboy story before he hops over to the galaxy far, far away.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18, 2015, followed by Star Wars: Rogue One on December 16, 2016, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars anthology film on May 25, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX has not received an official release date.
Source: Yahoo! Movies