Guillermo Del Toro Says No to Directing 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

The 'Pacific Rim' director wanted to see Brad Bird direct Disney's highly-anticipated return to the 'Star Wars' Universe.
Guillermo del Toro will not direct Star Wars: Episode VII
Guillermo del Toro will not direct Star Wars: Episode VII
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.

"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 take it."

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.

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  1. thedude-abides

    Good. Not the right fit.

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  2. Youngrizo

    Anyone who's seen me on this site long enough knows how much I dislike Nolan fanboys

    2 years agoby @youngrizoFlag

  3. Youngrizo

    @incmob I don't have a Nolan Boner, I actually hate his work on the Batman series aside from Batman Begins. I was referring to how his style would be perfect for this universe. Note I also mentioned Gore Verbinski is just as viable a candidate in my mind considering how well he meshed action, adventure, comedy and supernatural elements in the Pirates Franchise... along with balancing out a huge cast.

    2 years agoby @youngrizoFlag

  4. incmob

    @smokemon i can name a couple of reasons directors are turning it down... number one... disney has the reigns which for most directors means LIMITLESS CONTROL, wheras lucas had too much control... other filmakers will not fair the same. secondly... who wants to be the first to start a franchise that has already burned, and milked the fans in the past 13 years. expectations are high... if the film does not get done right... the director is almost always to blame... just look at movieweb comments if you dont believe me. so it will either explode a career or destroy it depending on the outcome and not many filmakers want to take that risk... i can bet the second and third films get more willing participants after hollywood sees how the first film does.

    P.S to the people with nolan boners still... good filmaker... but not for star wars.

    2 years agoby @incmobFlag

  5. Josh

    I wanted Brad Bird to do it too! But, man..a GdT Star Wars movie would have been bananas!

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  6. The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

    Jesus no one wants this movie... Well I would never have even guessed Del Toro woulda been asked in the first place; Star Wars is not his style. And if he turned Star Wars into his own usual style, that'd be weird.

    2 years agoby @cryptFlag

  7. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Besides, I'm more interested on his take with DC comics

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  8. Sean

    This doesn't surprise me one bit.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  9. Youngrizo

    I'm going to say this here cause I don't think I've brought it up on this site before. But as much as I hated Dark Knight Rises, I feel like Nolan's style of directing would perfectly fit Star Wars.

    Think about all his movies.
    - He likes serious overarching themes.
    - Favors a very clean palette
    - Serious characters and a lot of depth.
    Something the Star Wars Universe could really shine through.

    The only other director I'd really favor for the job is Gore Verbinski
    The Pirates Franchise has everything the Original Star Wars franchise had.

    - Quirky characters
    - Multiple heroic characters
    - Action
    - Adventure
    - Comedy that was not intrusive and didn't destroy the story.
    Except I feel like with today's tech and Gore's flair for casting and action adventure, it could be something really amazing.

    And he already does a lot of work for Disney

    2 years agoby @youngrizoFlag

  10. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Flattery? Pfft, not really. I bet they just printed a list of candidates and they are just marking off each one

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  11. smokemon

    Y r so many directors turning this job down f*ck it show me the money and I direct the son of bitch wtf?

    2 years agoby @smokemonFlag

  12. ejk1

    At this point I don't care.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  13. ChiRep_1

    Bird (If Disney wants him enough they'll persuade him) or Vaughn.

    2 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  14. justatadmatt

    Money is still on Vaughn...he will direct VII and then step away as another director takes VIII and IX...

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  15. CelluloidDreams

    Good boy.....Just walk away!!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  16. Writer220

    Give it to Gore 'Pirates of the Caribbean' unless he says no. If no one will then it won't get done. Then go to plan E: Skywalker directs it.

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  17. ROFLitschristian

    I'd like to see the Del Toro touch on something like Star Wars, but I totally understand why anyone would be hesitant to do something this pre-hyped.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  18. Geekster

    No Guillermo, moi to Hellboy 3 and hello to so many others to be open- David Fincher possibly!

    2 years agoby @The-Mudder-F-cking-Loud-KillerFlag

  19. MovieManiac

    No director would touch this film with a ten foot pole.

    2 years agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  20. Writer220

    Brad Bird please

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  21. Listenkids

    Do we need these? It was pretty much confirmed to be Matthew Vaughn, months ago.

    2 years agoby @listenkidsFlag

  22. SherlockHolmes2009

    Sucks he cant do it but again hes a really busy guy. Nw Brad Bird Id love to see him do it

    2 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag