He’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse to eat.
Guillermo del Toro is something of a miracle as a filmmaker. No one else quite has his vision for totally crazy stuff, but at the same time only he could make it relatable. Pan’s Labyrinth is the perfect example of his skills, but the fact he can make something like Pacific Rim just a few years after speaks volumes to the guy’s range.
So, when he says he has an idea for a Star Wars movie… it’s not a bad idea to listen.
What’s his idea?
According to an interview with Yahoo, he wants to make a gangster movie about Jabba the Hutt’s rise to power in the Galactic underworld. Think of it as Scarface meets Star Wars. You know, just starring a big fat slug:
“This is not real, this is me as a fat geek just geeking out and talking about it. I would do the sort of Godfather saga that Jabba the Hutt had to go through to gain control. 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.”
How would that work?
Well, there are certainly a ton of possibilities. We see him in three films The Phantom Menace, A New Hope, and Return of the Jedi. By Jedi, Jabba had graduated to the point where he had his own establishment, a harem, and could get away with not ever actually having to move for the rest of his life. Before that, however, he seemed a little more active though definitely a big pillar in the underbelly of Tatooine society.
Part of us thinks a Jabba movie would have to start in the prequel era, but we wouldn’t be surprised if a movie ever did go forward they would stick with the classic timeline.
How likely would it be to see a Jabba movie?
We don’t think you guys should hold your breath. The two big deterrents to a Jabba movie, even with the support of del Toro, are that the main character would be either a puppet or CGI… and all his dialogue would be subtitled. Given how audiences often aren’t big fans of subtitles, that’s a bit of a gamble for a the film that will most likely have a hefty price tag.
Still, it seems Lucasfilm is willing to push some boundaries these days. While a movie may be a bit much, we could totally see a TV show. After all, that Star Wars Underground show George Lucas commissioned scripts for sounded very similar to del Toro’s idea. Perhaps Jabba’s rise to power was part of that series?
Maybe one day we’ll find out.