“Pacific Rim” will hit movie theaters on Friday, July 12. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, this sci-fi adventure depicts robots fighting off an alien invasion. Del Toro is no stranger to the film world. In fact, he has turned down several major motion pictures to work on what he has called his “dream project” — the “Hellboy” films. With that in mind, here are five movies del Toro declined to direct so he could focus on either 2004’s “Hellboy” or 2008’s “Hellboy II: The Golden Army.”
‘AVP: Alien vs. Predator’
Guillermo del Toro, who also directed “Pan's Labyrinth,” declined the chance to helm 2004’s “AVP.”
‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’
Del Toro said no to Harry Potter’s world when he declined the directing job for wizard movie No. 3.
‘I Am Legend’
Francis Lawrence was eventually chosen to direct Will Smith’s 2007 thriller after del Toro said no.
‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’
That’s right. Del Toro turned down the “Harry Potter” franchise twice. “Half-Blood Prince” was film No. 6.
While del Toro directed “Blade II” (2002), he opted not to return to the helm for this 2004 feature.