Collider had a sit down interview with famed director Guillermo Del Toro about a variety of topics including his work on Trollhunters Season 2, an update on The Shape Of Water, as well as his work on an adaption of Pinocchio. One interesting aspect of the interview was talk of conversations he’s had with Lucasfilm about working on a stand alone Star Wars movie. He stated in the interview that while conversations have been had about ideas and characters he would love to play with, nothing concrete is in the works. According to Guillermo…
“I want to do my shit. I want to do it first. I’m veering a lot towards animation.”
I love that attitude in an artist. There is nothing wrong with talented directors getting their hands on big name projects like Star Wars of course, but too often you find that people would rather play in other people’s worlds than create their own. Sure, directing a Star Wars movie would make him a lot of money yet for a visionary director like Del Toro, not having the ability to shape the world the way he sees fit would probably be more hassle than it was worth.
Guillermo Del Toro doesn’t need Star Wars. That doesn’t mean that a Del Toro directed Star Wars movie wouldn’t be all kinds of amazing. He has a great track record with other properties like Blade 2 and Hellboy to show that he is more than capable of honoring the original source material while making the final film very much his own. Yet with all the attention he’s giving to his own created properties, there’s no real need for him to take the mantle of a big project like a Star Wars film unless they were going to give him a boat load of money to go nuts with. Sometimes it’s better to be king of a small kingdom than a prince in a big kingdom.
So what do you think? Would you want to see Guillermo Del Toro direct a Star Wars movie? Would you rather he focus on creating original material even if it doesn’t have the reach of a Star Wars? Should more directors take this attitude? Sound off in the comments section below.
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