RUMOR: Guillermo del Toro In Discussion of ‘Star Wars’ Ideas with Kathleen Kennedy and John Knoll
There may be a new director to add Star Wars to its list.
In a recent interview, Guillermo del Toro revealed that he has met with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Industrial Light and Magic’s Chief Creative Officer John Knoll to discuss ideas for future Star Wars movies.
Slashfilm reports that the director of Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Pacific Rim, and Crimson Peak sat with Collider’s Perri Namiroff in a recent interview, and one of the final questions asked was whether the director would consider directing his own Star Wars movie.
In a series of quotes below, del Toro prefaces caution when starting potential projects, further revealing very early talks with Star Wars execs.
“In 2006, Mike Fleming at Deadline wrote an article that said ‘Guillermo del Toro is busy until 2012’ and he published 20 things I was maybe doing. Since then I haven’t been able to live down that. Every time I say ‘good morning’ somebody says ‘Guillermo is doing Good Morning!’, so I will not comment on this…I look like a kook. Neil Gaiman once said, ‘I would like to write Doctor Strange with Guillermo’ then all of a sudden in IMDb I had Doctor Strange [listed].”
“Saying all that caveat, I will say there’s some characters that are great, and I have talked to Kathleen Kennedy and John Knoll about ideas.”
We can rewind back to summer of 2015 when there were talks of del Toro helming a Jabba the Hutt standalone film. These were his thoughts when talks of the film surfaced:
“I would do the sort of ‘Godfather‘ saga the Jabba the Hutt had to go through to gain control. One, because it’s the character that looks the most like me, and I like him. I love the idea of a Hutt type of mafia, a very complex coup, you know? … I just love the character.”
While these can all fuel the rumor mill, it is important to remember that just because a director and film executives meet, does not necessarily mean that something is in fruition.