Guillermo Del Toro Almost Directed a Star Wars Film About Jabba the Hutt

Before Disney scrapped the idea, Guillermo Del Toro was poised to direct a Star Wars film centered on Jabba the Hutt.

The director confirmed the plans in an interview with Collider. The film was written by David Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy) about four years ago, but was ultimately canned for unexplained reasons.

“In the last moment, things go away. I’ve had it happen many, many, many times,” Del Toro said. “We had the rise and fall of Jabba the Hutt, so I was super happy. We were doing a lot of stuff, and then — it’s not my property, it’s not my money. It’s one of those 30 screenplays that goes away.”

Del Toro continued, “Sometimes I’m bitter, sometimes I’m not. I always turn to my team and say, ‘Good practice, guys. Good practice. We designed a great world, we designed great stuff, we learned.’ So, you can never be ungrateful with life. Whatever life sends you, there’s something to be learned from it. So I trust the universe.”

From a visual standpoint, a film about the Tatooine crime lord seems right up Del Toro’s alley. Yet Disney and LucasFilms have long had trouble getting new Star Wars films off the ground; projects from Taika Waititi, Colin Trevorrow and Patty Jenkins have all made headlines in recent years with little to show for them. Instead, the team behind the legendary sci-fi series has mostly prioritized new television series like Ahsoka

Fortunately for us, we can count on Del Toro’s next project, a take on Frankenstein starring Mia Goth, Oscar Isaac, and Andrew Garfield, to hit theaters unscathed. His last film, Pinocchio, arrived last December.

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