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Guillermo Del Toro Actually Turned Down Directing Star Wars 7

Guillermo Del Toro, the director who did movies like the ‘Hellboy‘ series, ‘Pan’s Labyrinth‘, ‘Mimic‘ and is also releasing the exciting new ‘Pacific Rim‘ movie soon was actually offered the director spot for ‘Star Wars 7′, but declined! Is he in his right mind? Well, no… But even a dummy would jump at the chance right? So, why did he turn 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 . . . [but] it was just a phone call, it didn’t go past that.”


I’m not a big-shot director but if I had the chance to jump on a major franchise over my own personal projects, I’d sideline them and ‘carpe diem’! His movies are intriguing but have a distinct niche flavor to them while the Star Wars franchise has MASS appeal and staying power over the last 30+ years. Seems like a bad career move to me (not like he’s really gonna suffer with out being attached to Star Wars) but maybe his Pacific Rim effort will kick ass as much as it’s human-piloted giant robots apparently do in the movie. check out the trailer below.


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