Guillermo Del Toro’s Star Wars Movie Focuses On The Best Villain?

By Robert Scucci | Updated


We love talking about multiverses over here, and there’s one alternate timeline that we would have loved to see play out. We’re talking about the possible Guillermo Del Toro Star Wars movie that would have centered on the rise and fall of Jabba the Hutt that never ended up coming to fruition, according to Collider.

The spin-off movie that never came to be was scrapped years ago, and would have provided an exceptional amount of insight into the world of our favorite bulbous warlord.

Guillermo del Toro reveals he almost made a Star Wars movie focusing on the villain Jabba the Hutt.

Guillermo Del Toro’s Star Wars movie was in active development around the same time Rogue One was making its rounds in theaters. But after the financial loss that followed Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney decided not to move forward with more theatrically released spin-off properties in favor of focusing on television series like The Mandalorian.

Looking back at how his movie idea never saw the light of day, Guillermo Del Toro saw his opportunity to work on a Star Wars movie as great practice for himself and his team. In his own words, Del Toro says that sometimes he feels bitter about not getting the chance to fully realize his vision, but acknowledges that at the end of the day, it wasn’t his decision to make.

In Guillermo Del Toro’s mind, practice makes perfect, and he got plenty of practice working on a Star Wars Script. Elaborating on this sentiment, the Pan’s Labyrinth director sees every opportunity as a means to improve his craft, and elevate his storytelling abilities.

Plans for Guillermo del Toro’s Jabba the Hutt movie were scrapped after the financial underperformance of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Through his optimism, he sees every missed opportunity as a chance to ask himself, “why didn’t it happen?” so he could learn from the exercise, and keep doing what he’s doing.

In an ideal world, Guillermo Del Toro would have likely put his own artistic spin on the Star Wars universe with the help of screenwriter David S. Goyer. But this setback didn’t exactly hurt his career either. If the film did in fact come out, and ended up being a resounding success, we may have been thrust into a reality where The Shape of Water never came to be.

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The Shape of Water (2017), directed by Guillermo del Toro

Considering that The Shape of Water went on to win four Academy Awards out of a total of 13 nominations along with numerous other accolades, it’s clear that Guillermo Del Toro would have loved to work on a Star Wars film, but he’s made peace with the fact that he should “trust the universe.”

In other words, he lost the opportunity to tell the story he wanted to tell in this context, but he kept pressing forward with his own legacy without the aid of Jabba the Hutt.

Jabba the Hutt was first introduced to fans in 1983’s Return of the Jedi, but the release of the special editions restored a deleted scene from A New Hope with Jabba the Hutt, replacing the live-action performer who played him with a CGI version of the crime boss.

Though we’d love to see what Guillermo Del Toro’s unique sense of storytelling could have brought to the table in the context of Star Wars, we’re glad he’s continuing to amaze us with his own films like Nightmare Alley and Pinocchio. It remains to be seen if Del Toro will ever have a chance to work on a Star Wars film again, and we’d love to see how that’d play out, but as of now, there aren’t any talks of anything currently in development.