The task of finding a director for Star Wars: Episode VII has been a process of elimination. Ever since Disney announced in October that the highly-anticipated sequel is in development, numerous high-profile directors have taken themselves out of the running for this coveted job. Today, Guillermo del Toro revealed that he was offered the job, but turned it down.
Guillermo del Toro will not direct Star Wars: Episode VII
"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 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 asked who he would like to see direct what will surely be the most anticipated movie of the 21st Century, the filmmaker revealed he wanted Brad Bird to take the helm.
"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
Unfortunately, Brad Bird revealed in November that he is not making Star Wars: Episode VII. Michael Arndt is writing the screenplay, with Disney eyeing a 2015 release.
Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Lupita Nyong'o. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.