Forget the Han Solo flick - this is the Star Wars prequel the world needs. Guillermo del Toro, the director behind the madcap Hellboy and Pacific Rim films, as well as the gorgeously unsettling Pan's Labyrinth, wants to make a Jabba the Hutt prequel.
The slobbering, slug-like, show-stealing villain of Return of the Jedi, del Toro spoke at the recent Comic-Con convention of his desire to flesh out the Hutt's backstory, framing the gangster's rise in a grand, Godfather-like arc.
"I would do the sort of Godfather saga that Jabba the Hutt had to go through to gain control," said the director.
"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."
"This is not real, this is me as a fat geek just geeking out and talking about it," del Toro was quick to add. But there's certainly potential there. Jabba is 600 years old when he falls foul of Princess Leia's chain, lending his life a potentially epic quality. The Hellboy director is a dab hand at pulling off creature flicks too, and Jabba's palace in Return of the Jedi is one of the more colourful places in an already wildly-populated Star Wars universe. It'd be a wild card, for sure, but del Toro and the Hutt sound like a match made in heaven.