Well, fanboys, here’s another excellent director with a unique vision who you can scratch off the list of possible filmmakers who have the potential to right the course of the Star Wars franchise after the awful prequels: Guillermo Del Toro.  The director of the upcoming Pacific Rim was offered the Big Chair, apparently, and he turned it down.  Find out why after the jump.

It’s actually not that surprising—the already stretched-thin director’s schedule simply did not allow for the direction of the first film entry in a new Star Wars trilogy.  In addition to Pacific Rim, which is set to hit theaters this summer, Del Toro is set to follow that film up with Crimson Peak, a “haunted house film.”

/Film has it that LucasFilm asked if he would be interested in helming Episode VII, but he was just too busy.

We got one phone call to my agent saying, ‘Is Guillermo interested?’ And basically I have so much stuff already of my own, and I’m pursuing stuff that I’m generating already… [I turned it down]. It was very flattering. It was just a phone call, it didn’t go past that, it was very nice to be asked, but believe it or not, I’m busy enough.

And, as if that wasn’t disappointing enough (seriously, his aesthetic would make for dark and bold vision of the Star Wars universe), he has also said that he wouldn’t be directing any of the further Star Wars sequels, either.  Another one bites the dust.

What do you think of the Episode VII news?