Guillermo Del Toro, a famous director known for his Pan's Labrynth and Hellboy works, told The Playlist Monday he was contacted by George Lucas and Disney to direct the next episode in the Star Wars Saga, but turned it down.
"We got one phone call to my agent saying, 'Is Guillermo interested?'" Del Toro said. "And basically I have so much stuff already of my own, and I'm pursuing stuff that I'm generating already [that I turned it down]."
The number of prominent Hollywood directors willing to take on Disney’s controversial project, “Star Wars: Episode VII” is quickly falling. “Star Trek’s” J.J. Abrams and “Mission Impossible’s” Brad Bird took themselves out of the running since Disney made the announcement this past fall, as have Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino and Zack Snyder.
Right now, the "Star Wars: Episode VII" director's chair is still open. "X-Men: First Class" director Matthew Vaughn was rumored to be the front-runner for the job, but he hasn't been hired in any official capacity just yet.
One person definitely hired, however, is Michael Arndt. The "Little Miss Sunshine" screenwriter has been hired to work on the "Episode VII" script.
on Dec. 4, federal antitrust regulators cleared a $4 billion deal for Disney to purchase Lucasfilm and all of its properties. Disney first announced the deal in October and said it would begin work on relaunching the “Star Wars” franchise, at one time the most beloved — and still among the most popular — series of movies in the history of film.
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