Apparently Guillermo del Toro turned down Star Wars: Episode VII too

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Apparently, nobody wants the hassle of directing Star Wars: Episode VII. Not long after J.J. Abrams revealed he turned down the gig after it was offered to him, Guillermo del Toro told Playlist that he received a call asking him to direct the movie, and also said no. Seeing as del Toro's primary occupation is announcing new projects — occasionally completing them, but mostly just announcing them — the idea that he'd down the next Star Wars movie is kind of baffling to me. Sure, the amount of scrutiny, by both the press and the fans, would admittedly be insane. But on the other hand, thanks to the prequels, Episode VII wouldn't have to be that good in order to be considered an improvement.

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More importantly, who is going to end up directing Episode VII? Disney/Lucasfilm is clearly going down a list, and I'm worried they're getting to the point where they're going to run out of "qualified directors" and move into "available directors."

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Can someone explain me why there seems to be so much going around del Toro? From the general atmosphere you'd think he's a genius of some kind. I have a hard time understanding this, as I found for instance the Hellboy movies average at most. Pan's Labyrinth was okay, but nothing mind-blowing.

There even seemed to be some disappointment when he abandoned the Hobbit. I can't but think that having PJ back as the director was a good thing.

I'm not trying to bash GdT in any way, but can someone please shed light on his achievements? Subjective and objective opinions are both welcome.