I'm starting to wonder if the good folks at Disney are able to find someone compitent who's willing to direct Star Wars Episode VII. You might think that filmmakers would jump at the chance to direct, but I'm guessing the enormous pressure and time commitment is scaring the heavies away. J.J. Abrams, Quentin Tarantino, Steven Spielberg, and others have publically declined any chance to direct it. Well, here's one to add to that list: Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo Del Toro.
According to MovieWeb, Del Toro said in an interview,
We got one phone call to my agent saying, 'Is Guillermo interested?' And basically I have so much stuff already of my own, and I'm pursuing stuff that I'm generating already. It was very flattering. It was just a phone call, it didn't go past that, it was very nice to be asked, but believe it or not, I'm busy enough.
Well, I'm certainly glad that he had the discipline to turn this project down. Imagine how much longer it would have taken him to get to Hellboy III. While I love his work as a director, I'm not really convinced he'd be the best choice anyways. We'll have to wait until Pacific Rim is released to see how well he does with real sci-fi.
Del Toro was also asked which director he thinks should be put in the seat. Well, it seems that we both have similar tastes, because he said,
I think the fans deserve somebody that is just going to immerse themselves completely. As a geek, I would have loved to see Brad Bird take it.
That's still my vote for who would be the best, by a long shot. It's unfortunate that the Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol director already said he wouldn't be doing it. With Bird out of the way, I actually have another suggestion in mind: Rian Johnson.
You may not have heard of him, but he's the director of the fantastic films Brick and Looper. He's a bit obscure, but Star Wars doesn't need director starpower anyways. He's shown that he can do sci-fi well, and I'll think he'll be able to use his unique quirks to give it the indy charm that the original trilogy had.
Star Wars: Episode VII is set for a 2015 release.