Guillermo del Toro’s Jabba the Hutt Movie Would Have Been a ‘SCARFACE’ in the Star Wars Universe

Guillermo del Toro is one of the most acclaimed filmmakers working today, known for his visually stunning and often macabre films like Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water, and Nightmare Alley. But did you know that he once pitched a Star Wars movie about Jabba the Hutt?

Guillermo del Toro's Jabba the Hutt
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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘SCARFACE’ Star Wars

In a recent interview with Collider, del Toro revealed that he had been approached by Lucasfilm in 2012 to develop a standalone film about the iconic gangster slug. He teamed up with screenwriter David S. Goyer to flesh out a story that would have chronicled Jabba’s rise and fall to power, and he described it as a “SCARFACE in the Star Wars universe.”

“I just love monsters,” del Toro said. “And Jabba is a) basically my same shirt size, and b) I love him, man. I think he’s one of the most fascinating characters in the Star Wars universe.”

Del Toro went on to say that he envisioned his Jabba movie as a dark and gritty crime drama, set in the seedy underbelly of the Star Wars galaxy. He wanted to explore the character’s complex psychology and his motivations for becoming one of the most feared gangsters in the universe.

“I wanted to make a film that was both visually stunning and emotionally resonant,” del Toro said. “I wanted to tell a story about a character who is both monstrous and sympathetic.”

Unfortunately, del Toro’s Jabba movie never came to fruition. He left the project in 2012 due to creative differences with Lucasfilm. But it’s fascinating to think about what could have been. A Guillermo del Toro-directed Jabba the Hutt movie would have been a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

Guillermo del Toro's Jabba the Hutt Movie Would Have Been a 'SCARFACE' in the Star Wars Universe
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Imagine it: Jabba the Hutt, sitting on his throne, surrounded by his henchmen and concubines. He’s wearing a gold-plated pimp suit and smoking a thick cigar. His eyes are cold and calculating, but there’s a hint of sadness in them. He’s a monster, but he’s also a complex and tragic figure.

That’s the Jabba the Hutt that Guillermo del Toro would have given us. A Jabba the Hutt that is both terrifying and pitiable. A Jabba the Hutt that is truly human, even though he’s a giant slug.

It’s a shame that we’ll never get to see del Toro’s Jabba movie. But it’s fun to dream about what could have been.

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