From Patty Jenkins to Taika Waititi, it seems that Lucasfilm has gotten into a bad habbit of announcing directors and cancelling projects. Just recently, it’s been revealed that another one of the auteurs that they were going to work with that didn’t push through was none other than Guillermo del Toro.
As revealed by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Batman v Superman, Vader Immortal) to the Happy Sad Confused podcast, del Toro was set to direct a Star Wars script written by Goyer with the plot said to take place thousands of years before the first movie.
“I wrote an unproduced Star Wars movie that Guillermo del Toro was going to direct… It was about four years ago and I have a script treatment for an origins of the Jedi movie for Star Wars, that I wrote for them. It takes place 25,000 years before the first Star Wars film. So, that would have been… I got to do the Vader Immortal VR thing. Dabbling in Star Wars would have been fun for me.”
Del Toro then confirmed on X:
True. Can't say much. Maybe two letters "J" and "BB" is that three letters? https://t.co/qpGaSD3y7F
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) September 21, 2023
As for why the project didn’t push through, it was likely it got lost in the reshuffling of Lucasfilm’s calendar after the rise of the Disney+ shows and the commercial underperformance of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Goyer confirmed, “It was just a lot of behind the scenes stuff going on at Lucasfilm at the time.”
So far, the project was only able to go as far as to get concept art, but that’s probably locked away somewhere in a vault at Lucasfilm.
We don’t know what the current Star Wars plan is going to be, but I am a staunch believer that Star Wars is an experience for the theater and not just home television.
For now, you can check out Ahsoka now streaming on Disney+.