Report: Guillermo del Toro turns down ‘Star Wars Episode VII’ gig

Posted: January 7, 2013 in Movies

Welp.  2012 was a pretty big year for The Walt Disney company with The Avengers and Brave making masses of money, but the biggest thing to happen to Disney last year was their acquisition of LucasFilms and the rights to the Star Wars franchise.

Once the announcement was made that Disney had a time frame of a summer 2015 release for Star Wars Episode VII speculation began to run rampant of who would helm the project.  Then reports came out that JJ Abrams turned down the directors spot, pledging his allegiance to his Star Trek franchise.

So speculation began again, and now we’re hearing that famed visual director Guillermo del Toro turned down the gig as well.  Speaking with The Playlist, del Toro stated that his agent got the phone call but he did not hesitate before turning it down.

“It was very flattering.  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.”

del Toro did state that he would have loved to see Brad Bird helm the film, but as has been reported Bird also turned the project down.  So this begs the question, with all these big name directors (and one could argue that Bird is a big name) turning down such a huge project, has the Star Wars franchise really dipped that far?  Are big name directors afraid to touch such a risk?  Would Episode VII be better suited for a lesser-known director?

Let me know in the comments below.

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