"We got one phone call to my agent saying, 'Is Guillermo interested?'" the Pan's Labyrinth and Pacific Rim director told The Playlist. "And basically I have so much stuff already of my own, and I'm pursuing stuff that I'm generating already... 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... I think the fans deserve somebody that is just going to immerse themselves completely. As a geek, I would have loved to see Brad Bird [Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol] take it."
Sadly for del Toro (and for Disney), Brad Bird has previously ruled out the possibility of directing Star Wars: Episode VII, as have the likes of Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), J.J. Abrams (Star Trek Into Darkness), Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) and Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained).... In fact, I don't think there's anyone left in Hollywood except Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) who hasn't ruled it out...
Unfortunately any Marvel fans hoping to see del Toro's take on The Incredible Hulk will be disappointed to hear that the proposed TV series does not seem to be moving forward: "After The Avengers there's been complete radio silence. I had one more meeting after Avengers with Jeph Loeb from Marvel and he said, 'We're working on it, we're waiting for a writer,' he gave me the name of the writer and their resume and I said, 'That sounds great, let's wait for him' because we had delivered a teleplay and I haven't heard since then."
"Well, I only like monsters," del Toro replied, when asked if he was interested in tackling any of Marvel's other superhero characters. "I think Morbius is great, even though he's a relative of Swamp Thing, Man-Thing was great. I like the weird ones, frankly. And if I have to chose weird superheroes, Dark Universe [of D.C.] is my cup of tea."
And finally, speaking to IGN, del Toro has confirmed that he's currently working on an outline for an adaptation of Justice League Dark entitled Dark Universe, which will include the characters of Swamp Thing, Constantine, Deadman, Etrigan, Spectre, Zatanna and Zatara: "Yeah, I'm doing it. I'm working on it. I'm writing the outline...and we already are in talks with a writer. A very, very good writer. I think people are going to be happy with who we have chosen, and he accepted." So, will this one ever see the light of day?