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Guillermo Del Toro and David S Goyer were developing a Jabba the Hutt Star Wars gangster movie

September 23rd, 2023 by Marc Comments

Oh, man, the things we could have had…

After Disney took over Star Wars, they reportedly approached Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo Del Toro to direct Star Wars Episode VII and, sadly, he turned it down, but it seems that that’s not where Del Toro’s flirtation with Star Wars ended.

In a new interview, below, Man of Steel and The Dark Knight writer, David S Goyer revealed that he was previously developing a Star Wars movie with Del Toro set to direct and it was going to be a Jabba The Hutt Godfather-type adventure.




“I wrote an unproduced Star Wars movie that Guillermo del Toro was going to direct,” he says, “That was about four years ago. And then I also have a scriptment for an origins of the Jedi movie, also for Star Wars, that took place 25,000 years before the first Star Wars film.”

And, on top of this, Goyer confirms that the movie wasn’t just an idea and was going some way towards happening: “There was just a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff going on at Lucasfilm at the time, but it’s a cool script. You should ask Guillermo about it the next time you have him on, it’s a cool script. There’s a lot of cool artwork from it that was produced.”

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If you have ever seen a Del Toro movie, particularly Hellboy II, you’ll know that Del Toro directing a Jabba movie would not only have been great because he’s a genius behind the camera, but it would have been a delight full of practical effects and prosthetics, harking back to what Star Wars was back in the 70s and 80s.

Del Toro confirmed this on social media saying: “True. Can’t say much. Maybe two letters ‘J’ and ‘BB’ is that three letters?” He also confirmed it was about six years ago, meaning it was while Disney was developing movies like Rogue One and Solo… would this have happened if Solo hadn’t tanked so badly, perhaps? It’s also likely, it seems to me, that James Mangold’s canceled Boba Fett movie might have fitted into the Jabba story.

It’s also interesting that Goyer says he was developing an origins of the Jedi movie too which is what James Mangold is nw developing.. man, what a bumoy landscape Star Wars has been in the last few years, huh?

In an update, Del Toro added that: “It’s not my property, it’s not my money. It’s one of those 30 screenplay that goes away.”

Del Toro has long been a favourite choice of mine to make a Star Wars movie and it really pains me to know that we came very, very close to having him develop a Star Wars movie, and the fact that it was a crime drama featuring Jabba and his cohorts, well, that makes it sting just a little more.

What say you all? Would you have been excited for a Guillermo Del Toro Star Wars movies? Yeah, you would…

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….