Since the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm, they've been developing a lot of Star Wars theatrical projects with some of them ending up getting made that became huge box office success (for the most part) while some of them unfortunately got canned.
Right now, as we're a few years away from the end of the sequel trilogy, Lucasfilm is focusing on making more films in the franchise that are targeted for release from 2026 onwards as they announced the slate a few months ago.
Given that most of them are still in development, there is no assurance yet at this point that they will eventually move forward despite the announcement, but fans are certainly hoping that they won't get canceled or delayed.
Guillermo del Toro Almost Directed a Star Wars Movie
In a recent interview with Josh Horowitz's Happy Sad Confused podcast, screenwriter David S. Goyer revealed that he wrote an unproduced Star Wars movie that was supposedly going to be directed by Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro.
"I wrote an unproduced Star Wars movie that Guillermo del Toro was gonna direct. It was about four years ago and then I also wrote an unproduced... I have a script treatment for an origins of the Jedi movie also for Star Wars that I wrote for them," he said.
"It took place 25,000 years before the first Star Wars film. So, that would have been… I got to do the Vader Immortal VR thing. Dabbling in Star Wars would have been fun for me."
When asked about why the project was canceled, Goyer simply explained that it had something to do with the behind-the-scenes issues that happened with Lucasfilm at that time.
The screenwriter said, "There was a lot of behind-the-stuff going on at Lucasfilm at the time. It's a cool script." He added that there were "cool artworks" that were made when they were developing the project.
Del Toro chimed in on X regarding Goyer's revelation about their canceled project where he cryptically teased what his Star Wars movie what have looked like.
He wrote, "True. Can't say much. Maybe two letters "J" and "BB" is that three letters?"
It certainly would have been awesome to see del Toro's Star Wars come to fruition since we can presumably assume that it could have been as great as most of his films and there might be a lot of creature work that would feel unique from the other entries in the franchise.
Some fans already deemed this as a missed opportunity the moment this news came online and you can't help but really think about what the results might have been if it moved forward.
It is likely that the project won't get resurrected in the future since del Toro has moved on with other endeavors and Lucasfilm is more focused on their numerous active projects that are in the works.