In a new interview with Collider, Crimson Peak director Guillermo del Toro reveals not only that he's got an ideas for a Star Wars spin-off movie, but that he's met with Lucasfilm's Kathleen Kennedy and John Knoll about said ideas.
Why, yes, this is a "Slow News Day" post.
In response to whether or not he's seriously considered doing a Star Wars movie, del Toro prefaces his response with an anecdote:
“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. 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).”
He then goes on to say:
“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.”
“I would do the sort of Godfather saga the Jabba the Hutt had to go through to gain control. 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.”
A science-fiction crime saga set in the Star Wars universe, with Jabba the Hutt sitting in for Don Corleone? This is news to us, and absolutely something we want in on. Are you kidding me? The mind reels to consider del Toro playing around with those toys in that genre. Quite frankly, it's insane that very film isn't shooting as we speak.
(Update: An earlier draft of this post failed to point out that the final quote, in which del Toro pitches his "Jabba-as-Godfather" idea, came from a 2015 interview we were unaware of. The post has been adjusted to reflect that information).
Anyway, no telling if anything'll ever come of this, but still: fun to daydream about.
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