Millions of Star Wars fans breathed a huge sigh of relief after The Force Awakens arrived back in 2015 – loaded included.
After years of disappointment, sitting through terrible prequels all about trade legislations and annoying Gungans, the Force Awakens and Rogue One actually turned out to be really good.
While a select few criticised the Force Awakens for rehashing the original movies, it’s safe to say the new film series has found its feet, and it sounds like Disney and Lucasfilm might be looking to branch out into slightly more adventurous territory…
Interestingly, it’s been revealed that Guillermo Del Toro was at one stage in talks with LucasFilm about helming a Star Wars spin-off based around Jabba the Hut.
Described as ‘the Godfather set in space’ the movie – which came so close to happening – would have focused on the exploits of the space gangster in the years before the events of Episode IV.
Del Toro previously spoke about wanting to do the movie back in 2015, and now it’s been revealed that he actually had advanced talks with LucasFilm’s Kathleen Kennedy and Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) chief creative officer John Knoll about doing it [via Collider].
“I would do the sort of Godfather saga that Jabba the Hutt had to go through to gain control,” he said at the time.
“One, because it’s the character that looks the most like me, and I like him. I love the idea of a Hutt type of mafia, a very complex coup. I just love the character.”
Now, let loaded be the first to say – the movie sounds like a pretty awesome idea.
A gritty R-rated Star Wars movie, with blasters flying, and wookies heads in space gangsters beds – what’s not to love?
There’d definitely be cameos for Han Solo and Chewbaccas too – maybe we’d even see more of Greedo, and find out who shot first…
Del Toro would be the perfect guy for the job too. He’s tackled big concept and big budget sci-fi before, having helmed the tremendous monster vs mecha epic, Pacific Rim back in 2013.
He’s no stranger to spectacle, and in his 2005 masterpiece Pan’s Labyrinth he created some of the most evocative and unique imagery seen in recent cinema. The monster-heavy Hellboy films are another example of his keen eye for innovative character design – the hellhound Sammael is a work of freaking art.
With such a stellar resume under his belt, we can see him adapting well to the Star Wars universe – just imagine what his interpretation of the Mos Eisley Space Port would look like…
Of course, the film has yet to be put into production, but with Disney looking to get their money’s worth for the mammoth $4b investment in the Star Wars series, there will plenty more movies to come.
We think they’d be missing a trick if they didn’t get Guillermo Del Toro on board sooner rather than later.