Guillermo del Toro is a Hollywood icon known for his incredible visual flair and keen ability to produce spectacular practical effects. The filmmaker’s accolades include work on films such as Pan’s Labyrinth, the Ron Perlman Hellboy films, Pacific Rim, The Shape of Water, and his recent Netflix outing Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities. A recent write-up from The Hollywood Reporter may leave many film fans shocked, however, as it has been revealed that Guillermo del Toro was once set to helm a Star Wars film alongside the Dark Knight trilogy screenwriter David S. Goyer.
Guillermo Del Toro, known for his dark fantasy films, was considered to direct a Star Wars film for Disney.
Guillermo del Toro’s potential Star Wars film was discussed by Goyer during a recent appearance on Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast. During his interview, Goyer explained that he had completed the screenplay for the project, though the project never ultimately materialized. After first stating that the script was completed roughly four years ago, Goyer took to X (formerly Twitter) to clarify that the film was actually written even further back in time, as early as 2017.
Though the Guillermo del Toro Star Wars film never saw the light of day, David S. Goyer stated that he stands by the script he crafted and credits the screenplay with inspiring a number of excellent pieces of concept art, some of which would go on to be utilized in other Star Wars films in recent years.
Following Goyer’s comments on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Guillermo del Toro took to social media to confirm that he had, in fact, worked on bringing Goyer’s Star Wars script to life…
Though Guillermo del Toro has not had the chance to work within the Star Wars franchise at this time, Goyer was given the opportunity to pen a trilogy of VR games for the Disney-owned property in 2019. The games, titled Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series, allows the user to step into the position of a Mustafarian smuggler who uncovers a dark mystery surrounding the powerful Sith Lord Darth Vader. The games currently available to play on the Oculus Quest and Rift headsets took home the VR Experience of the Year award at the VR Awards of 2019.
Following Goyer’s comments on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Guillermo del Toro took to social media to confirm that he had, in fact, worked on bringing Goyer’s Star Wars script to life, hinting at the letters “J” and “BB” as references to the screenwriter’s work. This could have been a reference to J.J. Abrams and perhaps the droid BB-8, who first appeared in Abrams’ inaugural foray into the franchise, 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Though the Guillermo del Toro Star Wars film never saw the light of day, David S. Goyer stated that he stands by the script he crafted and credits the screenplay with inspiring a number of excellent pieces of concept art…
With Goyer citing his script as being completed no later than 2017, this could mean that an early draft inspired the existence of BB-8 in the first installment of the sequel trilogy, depending on how long he had been working on the script.
At this time, neither Goyer nor Guillermo del Toro has any upcoming Star Wars projects slated on their IMDb pages, though many fans are still hoping for a collaboration between the two within the galaxy far, far away. The pair previously worked together on an episode of Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities titled “The Autopsy,” which starred The White Lotus‘ F. Murray Abraham.