Guillermo del Toro admits he was approached for Star Wars: Episode VII

Says he’d have liked to see Brad Bird direct it

Guillermo del Toro’s name would have been at the very top of many fans’ wishlists of potential directors for Star Wars: Episode VII.

And in a recent interview with The Playlist, the Pan's Labyrinth director confirms that he was approached to direct Episode VII, although he was quick to pass on the opportunity as a result of his already jam-packed schedule.

Clarifying the situation, GdT explained, "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..."

That’s not to say that the news wasn’t taken as a compliment, with del Toro adding: “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.”

When del Toro was asked who he’d like to see direct the new SW movie, he suggested Brad Bird, saying: “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.” Sadly, Bird has already ruled himself out.

While we would have loved to have seen del Toro’s take on the Star Wars universe, we’re pretty sure that his 2013 blockbuster Pacific Rim will launch an epic new franchise of its own.

Pacific Rim opens in the UK on 12 July 2013.

Would Guillermo del Toro have been your top choice for the Star Wars job? Tell us below!

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    • Ali1748

      Jan 7th 2013, 16:38

      Let me guess without looking at the quote " I am too busy blah blah blah." Sure too busy not making Hellboy 3.

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    • hawleygriffin

      Jan 7th 2013, 18:58

      wouldnt have minded seeing his take on Starwars , specially from the mythology of the Jedi & sith he's got a grand story telling ability. However , What i dont get is , what studio chuckle head managed to convince him to make Pacific Rim . I have alot of time for del Toro’s works to date . That being said Pacific rim from what i can see looks like a wishy washy CGI'd up to the hilt Dailiance with Lovecrafts cosmic horror genre. This might not crash as big as John Carter but cant see it really impressing a mass audience , simply because they studio fat heads have refused to let Guil , just get on and make at the mountains of madness in the first place , allow the man to do justice to Lovecrafts work instead of trying to draw a massive audience to what is a very niche subject anyway

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 8th 2013, 9:28

      Haha ! This franchise is radioactive. No-one wants to touch it. Might as well go with the 'hack list' Z-grade directors like Wiseman, McG, Ratner or Paul 'The crapp one' Anderson

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