Despite only having a handful of well-known feature-films under his belt, Guillermo del Toro yet and still remains one of the most favored directors amongst the geek masses.
It was no surprise, then, to hear del Toro's name thrown in the ring - alongside virtually every other big-name blockbuster director - when news first broke that Star Wars Episode VII was on the way in 2015. What may surprise you, however, was how del Toro reacted when calls for his talent to be applied to
George Lucas' Disney's Star Wars universe finally landed in the ears of executives.
The Playlist has been in contact with Guillermo del Toro several times since the Episode VII news broke. They say the director/producer was adamant about the fact that he had not had any kind of meeting with Disney/LucasFilm back in the fall, but now that tune has now changed. Said del Toro in a recent Playlist interview:
"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'd be fair to label del Toro's claims as understatement. In addition to trying to launch his upcoming 2013 tentpole blockbuster, Pacific Rim, del Toro is attached to a large number of other projects - some of which are listed below:
- This month's horror film Mama (as executive producer)
- A stop-motion Pinocchio movie (as co-director)
- The gestating Incredible Hulk TV show (as producer/director)
- The long-gestating Hellboy 3 (as director)
- The potentially-resurrected Mountains of Madness adaptation (as director)
- Nearly half a dozen other recently released or in-production films (as producer)
Looking over that to-do list above, it's easy to say that the demands of launching Star Wars Episode VII - quite arguably THE biggest movie event of my (and probably your) generation - would knock all of this other work onto the back burner. Question is: where should Guillermo be applying his (very considerable) talent?
For my part, I think he should be focused just where he seems to be: on launching Pacific Rim. Despite a lot of fan acclaim and industry respect, del Toro has not yet scored a massive blockbuster hit as a director; the next phase in his career likely hinges on the performance of this new film, and so far, the Pacific Rim trailer has left people divided. So don't count me as one of those who sees his declination of Episode VII as a tragedy or missed opportunity.
However, if Disney were to say... bring in del Toro as a consultant or creature effects artist, we would likely all welcome that choice over the possibility of more CGI atrocities like Jar Jar Binks. Just sayin'.
How about you: would you have liked to see Guillermo del Toro directing Episode VII? If not him, who would you like to see?
Star Wars Episode VII arrives in theaters in 2015.
Source: The Playlist