Monday, January 7, 2013

Guillermo Del Toro says he was approached for Disney's 'Star Wars' trilogy

'Pacific Rim' director has turned down major movie opportunities in the past, including 'Seven' and 'Man of Steel'

Guillermo del Toro says he received a call gauging his interest in the upcoming 'Star Wars' Episode VII'

Add Guillermo Del Toro to the list of prospective directors immune to Disney’s Jedi mind tricks.

The 48-year-old “Pacific Rim” director revealed that someone from the studio called to gauge his interest in helming the first movie in the new “Star Wars” trilogy shortly after the studio’s purchase of Lucasfilm.

And that he politely declined.

“We got one phone call to my agent saying, 'Is Guillermo interested?,” the director told “And basically I have so much stuff already of my own, and I'm pursuing stuff that I'm generating already.

“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."

Del Toro, though, is in good company — J.J. Abrams recently told Empire magazine that he, too, was approached

"I declined any involvement very early on. I'd rather be in the audience not knowing what was coming, rather than being involved in the minutiae of making them," Abrams told the British movie magazine.

Del Toro has followed a bizarre career trajectory given his status as one of the most popular directors in Hollywood among genre fans.

He signed on for "The Hobbit" movies, the prequels to "The Lord of the Rings," at the behest of the grand wizard himself, Peter Jackson. But after the project languished because of studio MGM's bankruptcy, he bolted Middle Earth and left the project.

Then he turned down Christopher Nolan’s offer to direct the upcoming “Man of Steel,” the plum Superman reboot that ultimately went to “300’s” Zack Snyder.

"Right after ‘Chronos,’ I was being offered really, really important movies that I felt I was not the right guy for,” Del Toro told the Daily News in 2011. “Like ‘Seven.' I read it and I said, not for me. This needs a very, very smart, cynical mind. And I’m a stupidly romantic guy at the end of the day, even if I do horror movies.

“And I’ve never looked back. I’ve never regretted turning down any of them.

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