Guillermo del Toro and J.J. Abrams weigh in on Star Wars Episode 7
If the earlier news about STAR WARS: EPISODE VII wasn’t enough, we now have two more A-list directors weighing in on their probability to direct a Star Wars film. To start things off, J.J. Abrams said that he’s not going to be a part of the next Star Wars franchise and told Hollywood Life: Look, ‘Star Wars’ is one of my favorite movies of all time, I frankly feel that – I almost feel that, in a weird way, the opportunity for whomever it is to direct that movie, it comes with the burden of being that kind of iconic movie and series. I was never a big ‘Star Trek’ fan growing up, so for me, working on ‘Star Trek’ didn’t have any of that, you know, almost fatal sacrilege, and so, I am looking forward more than anyone to the next iterations of ‘Star Wars,’ but I believe I will be going as a paying moviegoer!” That’s pretty much what we thought he was going to say since his plate is pretty full right now.
Another fanboy favorite, Guillermo del Toro, also responded to a question about his involvement in the new trilogy: “You know, I saw it on the Internet, but I haven’t approached them, they haven’t formally approached me. I mean, I heard some rumblings, but to me it’s really — I have so many projects to discuss or think about. [For] something that is not a possibility yet, I don’t do that. You know, because I have so many things that I need to catch up with.” While most A-list directors like Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams and Zack Snyder have flat out denied wanting anything to do with Star Wars, it’s interesting that del Toro left the option open. I still think he’s a long shot, but at least there’s still hope. Either way, Disney is going to have to find a director soon to make that 2015 release date.