Director Guillermo del Toro came close to helming his own Star Wars spin-off based on the Jabba the Hutt saga.
Del Toro, a Master of the macabre, told Collider: “We saw the rise and fall of Jabba the Hutt, so I was super happy. We did a lot of stuff and then it’s not my property, it’s not my money, and then it’s one of those 30 scripts that disappears.”
Although undeniably disappointed, the “Pan’s Labyrinth” filmmaker said he has learned to accept the outcome of the situation.
“Sometimes I’m bitter, sometimes I’m not,” he said. “I always turn to my team and say, ‘Good training, boys. Good exercise. We designed a great world. We designed great things. We learned.'”
“You can never be ungrateful towards life,” he continued. “Whatever life throws at you, you can learn something from it. You know, I trust the universe, I do. When something doesn’t happen, I ask, “Why?” I try to have a dialogue with myself. “Why didn’t it happen?” And the further upstream you swim with the universe, the less you realize where you’re going.”
Del Toro essentially spilled his Star Wars secret to the screenwriter David S. Goyer served about the ill-fated LucasFilms project, which he said was in the works about four years ago.
Del Toro confirmed Goyer’s story in a post on X, formerly Twitter, telling fans: “True. Can’t say much. Maybe two letters “J” and “BB”, is that three letters?”
Even though there’s no Jabba the Hutt movie on the horizon, Star Wars fans can still look forward to a whole host of projects in the coming years.
New TV series Star Wars: Skeleton Crew and The Acolyte will debut on Disney+ next year, along with the return of Andor and The Bad Batch.
“Star Wars” lovers will have to wait a little longer for Grogu and “The Mandalorian,” whose fourth season is expected to premiere in 2025.