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Guillermo Del Toro In Talks For Hobbit?
Oh happy day!

28 January 2008  |  Written by Olly Richards  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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The Hollywood Reporter is, well, reporting that Guillermo Del Toro is now officially in talks to direct both The Hobbit and its sequel. This. Is. Awesome.

Their story doesn't really hold any concrete facts or give us any new information on the film, but it's very encouraging to hear that Del Toro is at the very least on the shortlist of directors who might handle the prequels to Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Del Toro already has a lot of films on his plate, so he'd have to clean house a little if he took this on. Principal photography is set to start in 2009. Del Toro is currently finishing off Hellboy 2 and then had plans to make a new version of Frankenstein, a long-planned adaptation of HP Lovecraft's At The Mountain's Of Madness and ghost story 3993.

He'd also expressed some interest in directing the final Harry Potter movie. But when we spoke to the series producer David Heyman recently he said that Del Toro was sadly not really in the running because "he's rather busy", despite Del Toro telling Heyman that he'd like to make the movie because "I want to kill your children". We guess you can't have everything. We gladly sacrifice all of those other projects to see Del Toro's take on The Hobbit.

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Hmmm
I am a LOTRO fan, thru and thru.. Haven't seen any of Del Toro's work. Can't make an educated comment, about his abilities to do The Hobbit project. Still, I want the best Director for the epic. Peter Jackson is the best. I loved Peter's work on King Kong, as well. Peter, if you see this, please find a way to put your next two projects on hold, to do The Hobbit. True justice would not be done to The Hobbit, without you. More

Posted by Joanwyn at 22:36 on 16 February 2008 | Report This Post

GREAT NEWS EVERYONE!!!!
Aside from Peter Jackson himself, I can't imagine a better director to take on The Hobbit. Guess that means he won't be directing The Deathly Hallows as some have suggested. More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 22:23 on 29 January 2008 | Report This Post

Sounds good
I think Del Toro would do a good job with this. One question about the article though, "...The Hobbit and it's sequel"?? Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't the sequel to The Hobbitt The Lord of the Rings? I'm pretty sure they've been filmed already.... More

Posted by hypercc at 21:19 on 29 January 2008 | Report This Post

confirmed
a friend of mine went to the paris premiere of "the orphanage", del toro was present and confirmed that he was going to direct the hobbit. More

Posted by lady_stardust at 16:48 on 29 January 2008 | Report This Post

RE:
Suprising news here. This is one of those films where you don't have a clue how it will turn out. My guess is that it will be both Jacksons style in together with Del Toro's style with Tolkeins story and  a 5 star status. You just know it's going to be awesome. The only problem is it's not confirmed! It would be a nice change, and a nice take on the novel. Fingers crossed guys! More

Posted by Movieman Tom at 07:42 on 29 January 2008 | Report This Post

As Jackson will be not be directing, this sounds like a logical move. G. Del Toro has proved himself in the genre. I am just glad they didnt give it to Brett Ratner or someone of that ilk. Wouldn't have been the first time. Surely there is something better for Jackson to be involved with than Tintin. I simply have no anticipation at all for that project. More

Posted by Deacon Frost at 23:33 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

Bored Of The Rings. Bring on the madness.
as a child i loved J.R.R. Tolkiens LORD OF THE RINGS books and its prequel THE HOBBIT. The films came out and i was as excited about them as everyone else was. in retrospect im bored of it. Guillermo Del Toro is one of the last cult directors to still tread the borderline between cult and mainstream. i think he should scrap everything and get on with H.P.Lovecrafts AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS. after all most of del toro's movies have a tinge of a lovecraftian vibe (Hellboy, Cronos). and to be More

Posted by Horrorguru at 21:25 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

Tired. Of. This.
Three single sentence words. Eg. "Best. Bond. Ever." Man I'm no longer down with the kidz. I hate it. I. Hate. It. Or pre-amble that leads to a set-up with "hell," For example, "The Beard has three wildly different films in production in 2008. Hell, Spielberg's a one man movie studio." More

Posted by keyzersaulsie at 20:43 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Y'know what...
L: britesparc ...I'd rather see him do Harry Potter. Controversial, I know, but given that The Hobbit has to look like LOTR - like the world Jackson's already created - part of me feels a massive creative force like Del Toro would be a bit hamstrung. I'd rather that gig went to a director who hadn't really had a "big break" yet; maybe like a Raimi pre-Spidey. Potter, on the other hand, has shown that it benefits strongly from a distinctive vision and a strong directorial hand; the best on More

Posted by Najemikon at 20:10 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

oh man! i cant wait for this, really! More

Posted by Nalfeshnee at 19:40 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

seriously?
LOOK AT THAT FUCKIN' BONE! More

Posted by topgunmaverick at 18:43 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

RE: i don't get it
L: killmyidols Jackson says he can't do it because he doesn't want the fans to wait forever, which they would have to if he did it as The Lovely Bones and Tintin have to be made first, but surely with Del Toro we'll be waiting longer, look at all the films he has on his plate at the moment! I'd rather wait five years to see the Jackson version to be honest. sp; First, don't spam your message three times. Secondly, please do some research. New Line's rights to The Hobbit expire in 2010. More

Posted by doctorolorinbats1975 at 18:16 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

bad idea
Frankly, del Toro's too good for this. Lord of the Rings was a load of flatulent rubbish and del Toro's films have always been of a far superior class. Sadly, this feels like he's lowering himself... More

Posted by vanburenbros at 18:16 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

i think i speak for everyone when i say this: AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW YEAH! More

Posted by Hughezy at 18:10 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

Yay for The Hobbit, but I just wanted him to do the last Potter that little bit more, given that I love the book more than the Hobbit. Give the last Potter film to Cuaron, or someone like him, and I will be very happy! But good news for the Hobbit anyway! More

Posted by Pipkin3 at 17:26 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesy esyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesye syesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes Good news More

Posted by clarkkent at 16:59 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

WHY AM I THE ONLY ONE HAPPY ABOUT THIS!!! More

Posted by willchadwick at 16:35 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

i don't get it
Jackson says he can't do it because he doesn't want the fans to wait forever, which they would have to if he did it as The Lovely Bones and Tintin have to be made first, but surely with Del Toro we'll be waiting longer, look at all the films he has on his plate at the moment! I'd rather wait five years to see the Jackson version to be honest. More

Posted by killmyidols at 16:26 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

i don't get it
Jackson says he can't do it because he doesn't want the fans to wait forever, which they would have to if he did it as The Lovely Bones and Tintin have to be made first, but surely with Del Toro we'll be waiting longer, look at all the films he has on his plate at the moment! I'd rather wait five years to see the Jackson version to be honest. More

Posted by killmyidols at 16:26 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

i don't get it
Jackson says he can't do it because he doesn't want the fans to wait forever, which they would have to if he did it as The Lovely Bones and Tintin have to be made first, but surely with Del Toro we'll be waiting longer, look at all the films he has on his plate at the moment! I'd rather wait five years to see the Jackson version to be honest. More

Posted by killmyidols at 16:26 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

I'd rather see him do...
...anything but another bloody fantasy film! I want to see him try a western, or a war film (without fairies), or a straight drama. Frankenstein? The Hobbit? I can picture exactly how they'll look already! What's the point? I don't think he's right for Tolkien anyway.Get Raimi on the case. More

Posted by The_Hat at 16:22 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

Y'know what...
...I'd rather see him do Harry Potter. Controversial, I know, but given that The Hobbit has to look like LOTR - like the world Jackson's already created - part of me feels a massive creative force like Del Toro would be a bit hamstrung. I'd rather that gig went to a director who hadn't really had a "big break" yet; maybe like a Raimi pre-Spidey. Potter, on the other hand, has shown that it benefits strongly from a distinctive vision and a strong directorial hand; the best one is Cua More

Posted by britesparc at 14:33 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

My heart just skipped a beat :D More

Posted by genlock at 14:33 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

This is the only way I will look forward to The Hobbit
Without wishing Jackson were directing. More

Posted by RevolloveR at 14:17 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

there is a god!who said Mondays were always a depressing day.Hobbit + Del Torro = stuff things dreams are made of More

Posted by dvddave at 14:16 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

come on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More

Posted by ilovekaren at 14:14 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

Happy Monday!
Today was really sucking, and now...not so much!! I think Del Toro should be made to shelve any other project he has in mind in favour of The Hobbit. So can Alfonso Cuaron be now given HP7 please??? More

Posted by Halfling at 14:00 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

Hope is kindled.
I've been waiting for news of The Hobbit for so long I forgot the taste of bread, the sound of trees, the softness of the wind. We even forgot our own name. And we wept, precious. More

Posted by ThisIsntEvenMyDesk at 13:57 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

If this is true...
...its the best thing to happen. Ever. Full stop. More

Posted by jpt1976 at 13:56 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

Hope is kindled.
I've been waiting for news of The Hobbit for so long I forgot the taste of bread, the sound of trees, the softness of the wind. We even forgot our own name. And we wept, precious. More

Posted by ThisIsntEvenMyDesk at 13:55 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

Tell me you are joking!
You have to be kidding me! This guy is more muppet than kermit the frog! He ruined the Hell Boy movies and Pans Laberinth was fu*kin Boring! Why are we even contemplating letting him near the LOR trilogy! More

Posted by stu121177 at 13:42 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

I'm just hoping it all comes true. The guy is a genious. More

Posted by umer_ejaz at 13:21 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

Spooky picture of Del Toro
As a fan of both LOTR and Harry Potter i'd like to see Del Toro's imaginative take on both the films.Im not sure what he could do with Frankenstein,its already been done,then spoofed (Young Frankenstein)...then remade (when de Niro played the monster)...then included in other film's (Van Helsing, god awful) and then that "modern day take" of it that was on tele a while ago.Please just make the Hobbit....please.... More

Posted by jb at 13:06 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post

It'd be lovely if it'd happened, but come on, del Toro is such a busy man! Don't cross your fingers: del Toro is a genius, but he keeps juggling and dropping projects like a crappy clown. I'm not kidding, he completely forgot about his remakes of Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Witches. Still, I'd like to see him take on The Hobbit moreso than Potter. More

Posted by doctorolorinbats1975 at 12:54 on 28 January 2008 | Report This Post


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