Hollywood director Guillermo del Toro has revealed the story for his cancelled Star Wars movie and it was apparently going to be about the rise and fall of Jabba the Hutt. The director was once in line to direct a movie set in the galaxy far, far away but somewhere along the line, plans fell through which eventually led to the internal cancellation of his project.
Speaking to Collider’s editor Steven Weintraub in a recent interview, Guillermo del Toro opened up about his cancelled Star Wars project, the Pacific Rim sequel and the lessons he learned from working on those productions. When pressed about his Stars Wars movie, del Toro responded, “It’s not my property, it’s not my money. It’s one of those 30 screenplay that goes away.”
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It was revealed that del Toro’s movie would’ve revolved around the life of Jabba the Hutt, one of the most iconic figures from the Star Wars franchise. First introduced in Return of the Jedi, Jabba the Hutt would go on to make appearances in numerous Star Wars media including sequels, television shows and extended universe stories. While Jabba’s reign was somewhat short-lived in the third episode, he could also be briefly seen in The Phantom Menace during the pod racing scene.
During the interview, del Toro also talked about the Pacific Rim sequel, Pacific Rim: Uprising, which he was supposedly in line to direct but due to scheduling conflicts (and some confusion during pre-production), he ended up working on the Academy award-winning fantasy drama, The Shape of Water, instead. The director added that he still hasn’t seen the Pacific Rim sequel yet.
In other Star Wars news, Star Wars Jedi 3 has been casually confirmed by actor Cameron Monaghan. This follows news that Stig Asmussen, the director of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and this year’s Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, had parted ways with EA and Respawn Entertainment. Assassin’s Creed studio Ubisoft is also working on its own Star Wars game, titled Star Wars Outlaws, which is set to release sometime in 2024.
Source: Steven Weintraub