Guillermo del Toro Discusses Canceled Star Wars Movie

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Summary

  • Director Guillermo del Toro confirms his involvement in a canceled Star Wars movie about Jabba the Hutt, providing insight into what the film could have looked like.
  • The movie’s development and cancellation have been known for some time, but del Toro’s involvement was only recently confirmed.
  • A Jabba the Hutt movie would have been dynamic and intriguing, exploring the rise and fall of the infamous crime lord. Del Toro’s vision and talent would have made it an exciting addition to the Star Wars franchise.


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Director Guillermo del Toro has confirmed his involvement in a Star Wars movie focused on the rise and fall of Jabba the Hutt. Although the development and cancelation of a Jabba movie has been known history for quite some time, it’s only recently that Del Toro’s involvement has been revealed. Now, the visionary director has confirmed that he did indeed work on a movie starring the galaxy’s most infamous crime lord, providing some compelling insight into what the film could have looked like.

The news of a Jabba the Hutt movie was confirmed in 2017, though it wasn’t long before it was canceled. With Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars IP only being a few years old at the time, many of their movie ideas never left the development stage. However, a Jabba the Hutt movie from Guillermo del Toro would have certainly been very dynamic and intriguing. Confirming his involvement, you can see Del Toro’s interview with Collider below where he shares that his Star Wars movie would have been about “The Rise and Fall of Jabba the Hutt”:

According to Del Toro, it certainly seems as though he and his collaborators had a large amount of the movie planned out: “We designed a great world and great stuff. We learned. So, you can never be ungrateful with life. Whatever life sends you, there’s something to learn from it.” While Del Toro seems to have made his peace with the movie’s cancelation, it’s possible scripts were written and concept art created before the movie was axed.

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What Would A Jabba The Hutt Movie Have Been Like?

Jabba and Gardulla the Hutt watch the podrace in The Phantom Menace.

By all accounts, “The Rise and Fall of Jabba the Hutt” does sound fascinating. Having lived to be nearly 600 years old before his demise in Return of the Jedi, there would be so much ground to cover regarding the crime lord’s rise to power through the ranks of the Hutt clans in the Outer Rim. To that end, it follows that the movie would perhaps end with the daimyo establishing his power base on Tatooine, the peak of his rise while also the beginning of his fall as seen in the original trilogy of Star Wars films.

If anyone could have made a successful Star Wars movie starring what’s essentially a giant slug puppet, Guillermo del Toro was certainly the right call. Likewise, there’s no doubt that Del Toro would have captured the true villainy of Jabba the Hutt, the merciless and renowned crime boss who held the entire Outer Rim in an iron grip for centuries, one who fed monsters in his basement those who displeased him with a booming laugh that would strike fear into the hearts of his victims. Seeing the origins of such a powerful Star Wars character would have been extremely exciting.

Source: Collider