Colin Trevorrow Responds To STAR WARS: EPISODE 7 Rumors; Guillermo Del Toro Says No

Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow responds to rumors that he's being considered to helm Disney/LucasFilm's Star Wars: Episode VII. Meanwhile, yet another director rules himself out of the running as Pacific Rim's Guillermo Del Toro comments.

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By Paul Romano - 11/12/2012


Ever since Disney announced a couple weeks ago that they have purchased LucasFilm and will release the long-proposed Star Wars sequel trilogy, there have been many rumors concerning who will direct Episode VII (which is targeted for a 2015 release). We previously heard interest from Iron Man's Jon Favreau in helming the project, with other directors (Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, Zack Snyder and J.J. Abrams) saying that they won't be directing the film. We can definitely add one more name to the list: Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim, Hellboy).

Speaking with Fanhattan Blog, del Toro is asked about the possibility of directing Star Wars: Episode VII. He says that helming a Star Wars film is something he doesn't think about (comparing the idea to dating a supermodel), and that he hasn't been approached for the much-coveted gig. "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. If this becomes ever a reality, and there’s an approach to do it, I would then think about it, but — it’s like thinking if I want to date a supermodel. I don’t think about these things." And over at the director's fan site, Del Toro Films, he simply says in reply to some comments, "No reason to worry." This news isn't surprising, as del Toro has many projects on his plate.

In other Star Wars news, Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) has recently been rumored to be in consideration to direct Episode VII. On the podcast Filmmixern.se (many thanks to Slash Film for the transcription), Trevorrow is asked about these rumors. He refuses to talk in detail about the rumors, but goes on to talk about how he's a Star Wars fan and is as excited about the new movie as others.

"I have very little to say about it," says Trevorrow. "Certainly, no specifics about what's going on behind the scenes in the selection of that person [a director]. I think that I can speak as a Star Wars fan, which is important to me. Whoever does do this movie, I think, just needs to have a fundamental understanding of why it's important to us. We come from a generation who grew up with this as children, to us it's almost a belief system. It's harder for people who are older or who were already teenagers when the movie came out to understand how deeply it is our mythology. And there are a bunch of incredible directors who are up for this job… I think whoever gets it will have that fundamental understanding of why Star Wars matters so much to a billion people. It's just incredible. So that’s all I can say about that. I’m equally excited about it. … that’s all you’re gonna get!"

Star Wars: Episode VII recently gained a writer in the form of Oscar-winning scribe Michael Ardnt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine). With plans to get the film into production by 2014, hopefully Disney will announce a director for the project very soon. Who do you want to direct the next Star Wars movie(s)?









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themcdougalbugle - 11/12/2012, 8:51 AM
Mmm, the fact Treverrow is being so secretive and awkward about it by dodging the question makes me wonder. If he is discussing it with Disney and Lucasfilm, he's probably not allowed to reveal anything, so judging by what he said, I think and hope he's being considered to direct.
Kayo - 11/12/2012, 8:52 AM
about time to make Hellboy 3 Del Toro
IgnurRant - 11/12/2012, 8:56 AM
Wow. I have never seen more directors turn down a movie oppurtunity ever. Directors are not even giving a,bogious answers. lol. Just No, i'm not doing it.After the prequels and George Lucas around as creative consultant I wouldn't want to do it either ahaa
IDKwhatToChoose - 11/12/2012, 9:04 AM
Of course the bigger directors DO NOT want any part of a new Star Wars feature film. They have very little to gain and a whole lot to lose. Think about it, if it does good then they are told yep should have done well it's Star Wars backed by Disney. If it fails they take a career step back as the guy that did a terrible job on Star Wars. And with only a roughly two year timeline to make it work, why take the chance. It's not about the prequels or the fact Lucas may or may not be involved it has everything to do with the fact the risk outweighs the reward.
SanFranLand - 11/12/2012, 9:05 AM
It's such a daunting project to direct. Any director knows there is a legion of rabid fans that will scrutinize your every move. Can't wait to see how this unfolds!!
RedeyeJedi - 11/12/2012, 9:31 AM
Del Toro is a great visual director but lacks greatly when it comes to getting a good performance from his actors. I'm not trying to piss anyone off, just my opinion.
DarkArts - 11/12/2012, 9:33 AM
All the big guys are either already involved or have said no.
What about the guy who did Star Wars XXX? He obviously loves Star Wars. If not him maybe they should ask some people on the street. They might get lucky and get a yes.
HeadPool420 - 11/12/2012, 9:36 AM
I'm getting tired of all these names being dropped to direct it. I think I will stay away from Star Wars rumor stories and wait to read some real news from here on out.
jimpinto24 - 11/12/2012, 9:39 AM
Like I said before. I hope Disney hires Peter Jackson as the director of Star Wars.
DukeAcureds - 11/12/2012, 11:01 AM
Del Toro's probably not the guy for Star Wars, anyway. At least not the first one. I think we need something more like A New Hope's classicism, before being individualistically stylish. Jedi was very Del Toro in it's design and tone, hither and thither. It'd be cool to see him do a rendition of Jabba's palace. But not Episode VII.
Morbius - 11/12/2012, 11:38 AM
I think this Tremorrow guy would be a good fit I loiked Safety Not Guaranteed.
DukeAcureds - 11/12/2012, 11:49 AM
Derpina@ I think it's too big. Too scary. They all wanna watch it. They're all really excited about seeing it, but being the dude who has to make it? Would you wanna be that guy?
Dunejedi - 11/12/2012, 11:50 AM
Del Toro turning down Star Wars is like Del Toro turning down a supermodel who has expressed NO interest in dating him. For those of us who were losing sleep worrying if you were going to date a supermodel/direct Star Wars, thanks for clearing that up.

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devil - 11/12/2012, 12:53 PM
my top 3 to do star wars

1 christian nolan
2 peter jackson
3 ridley scott
XxComablackxX1937 - 11/12/2012, 2:11 PM
Am i the only one that thinks Del Toro is a completely overrated director?

Anyways, anyone hoping Nolan would do it count that out.. I doubt he'd ever do Star-War's.

Peter Jackson is a possibility though.

Ridley Scott wouldn't do it much better then Lucas himself.

An if anyone mentions Tim Burton he would turn Star-War's into a Gothic Soap opera, starring Johnny Depp as a new Sith.

manofmidgard - 11/12/2012, 11:21 PM
del toro is awesome but he's much too dark for star wars.

tim burton is too weird and too silly. well, maybe just too weird. star wars can be plenty silly. and now its disney. and we don't need the whole star wars universe to revolve around johnny depp.

nolan doing star wars... that is just hysterical. nolanites are out of control.

peter jackson is amazing doing LOTR, but king kong sucked big hairy monkey balls. i dunno if he could do star wars.

whedon would be perfect but i like him right where he's at, cranking out marvel movies and tv. he's under the disney umbrella, i say ask joss to suggest someone though.

keep affleck away from comic book movies. daredevil is my pick for all-time worst cbm.

sam raimi would be interesting. just no more crying male leads. 'course they did that in star wars too. at least he'd get the right blend of action and humor.

anybody says bryan singer gets b!tch-slapped. he'd change around so many details that no one would recognize the universe anymore.

ridley scott would be awesome but i doubt he'd do it.

um, i'm assuming that we've already ruled out george lucas?

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