It speaks to the standing that Guillermo del Toro has in the Hollywood industry that he has the ears of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Industrial Light and Magic’s Chief Creative Officer John Knoll listening in on his ideas. Speaking with Collider this week, the 52-year old Mexican filmmaker gave a surprising admission about his plans for the Star Wars franchise.
The Hellboy and Pacific Rim director carefully selects the projects he involves himself with, pivoting from major blockbusters to a Netflix animation series in the form of Trollhunters. But closing out the interview with the website, del Toro revealed his concept for a spinoff idea for the studio, arriving in the wake of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and the upcoming 2018 title Han Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Jabba The Gangster Godfather For Guillermo
Detailing his love-hate relationship with the press, the director said that he is always carefully around any public statements he makes on the record. One in particular made people believe that he was onboard the MCU when the truth was to the contrary.
“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," recalled the director. "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.”
Knowing that any it would be unlikely to get any big scoop from the man about his links to Star Wars, del Toro outlined that talks have taken place.
“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.”
So what exactly does he have in mind for the studio pair?
“I would do the sort of Godfather saga the Jabba the Hutt had to go through to gain control," he said. "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.”
del Toro: Animation Is My Game Right Now
Despite his history with dark subject material including Pan's Labyrinth, Crimson Peak and The Devil's Backbone, it is his creation of the computer-animated fantasy television series Trollhunters that caught many off guard. As far as he is concerned, he is happy sticking to that realm.
“You know, I wanna do my s***," he bluntly replied. "I want to do it first. I’m veering a lot towards animation. I love animation. The pace is better. You have three years to f*** up, so you f*** up a lot less.”