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It's Confirmed: Del Toro For The Hobbit
Guillermo will definitely direct prequel

25 April 2008  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: Variety

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It's confirmed, we mean it this time. Guillermo del Toro, New Line, MGM, Peter Jackson and all other interested parties have definitely, finally made a deal, and Empire's favourite Mexican will soon be heading to New Zealand for four years to make two back-to-back Hobbit movies.

The announcement of perhaps the world's worst-kept secret comes after months of the principals discussing the idea in public, leaking information and generally paving the way for today's news. Now it's confirmed that Del Toro will be moving to NZ after he finishes work on Hellboy 2, and expects to be there for about four years. That means we're looking at release dates in 2011 and 2012, assuming shooting starts next year, for The Hobbit and an in-between-quel set in the 77-odd years that pass between that story and The Lord of the Rings.

The films don't have a definite planned start date yet, nor a script, although it's expected that Jackson and his Lord of the Rings collaborators Phillippa Boyens and Fran Walsh will be involved in that. It is confirmed, however (again surprising precisely no one) that Weta will be involved, and that New Zealand will once again be doubling for Middle Earth.

Expect the casting rumour mill to start churning any minute, but for a few moments at least, let's enjoy the knowledge that The Hobbit is definitely happening and leave it at that.

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RE: brilliant news
you never know, it could all go horribly wrong. who is going to play all the parts!? I doubt it will go wrong though. More

Posted by claytonmeister at 08:56 on 30 April 2008 | Report This Post

RE: brilliant news
Ignoring the haters (shame about those prequels isn't it?) I don't see the second film as a cash in as there's a lot of stuff that happend inbetween the two books (and at the same time) that Tolkien never wrote about in detail but what he did do was give us the Appendicies and that fills in a lot of stuff.  My only concern is how to get it into a coherent narrative but by going on GDT's recent interviews with TORN and MTV. he's certainly committed, The following points are interesting More

Posted by The Red Avenger at 11:23 on 29 April 2008 | Report This Post

brilliant news
although like quite a lot of people i would had prefered jackson directing, if he couldant do it i always wanted del torro. with jackson and his team writting and this visionary director we could be on to a winner! just wish it could come out tommorow. ah well i'll jus have to re-watch lord of the rings and pans labyrinth to satisify my movie hunger More

Posted by tango fett at 17:48 on 27 April 2008 | Report This Post

Guess he won't be directing 'Deathly Hallows' after all... More

Posted by Keiros at 12:05 on 27 April 2008 | Report This Post

Del Toro is the future of cinema. There, I've said it. More

Posted by Biggus at 23:27 on 26 April 2008 | Report This Post

i would have prefered jackson to direct,del toro is 'ok' but i'm unsure as to if he could carry this off.and as for the 'inbetweenquel' i can see no reason AT ALL for making that.just have a two part hobbit or adapt the silmarillion or something. More

Posted by danbo1138 at 15:42 on 26 April 2008 | Report This Post

Im sure it'll be fine, a fat bearded guy with glasses is making it. Anyway it has to be better than some of the crap thats getting churned out at the moment. More

Posted by liviclyde at 19:11 on 25 April 2008 | Report This Post

I wonder if Bill Bailey will get to play a dwarf in this one? More

Posted by Darth Goonie at 17:12 on 25 April 2008 | Report This Post

RE: TrendMeUp ...
Never thought I would see the day that Del Toro actully commited to making a film.   All joking aside this is great news, he is the one person I would trust to carry on the work done by Peter Jackson. It is still years away so I will wait until I see the trailer come in 2010.   Has there been any word about The Lovely Bones? That film seems to have vanished into thin air.   Oh and Martin Freeman would make for a brilliant Bilbo Baggins. More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 16:12 on 25 April 2008 | Report This Post

RE: TrendMeUp ...
I'm extremely excited that Del Toro will be directing the films.  I would have preferred Jackson but Del Toro is a worthy successor.  I love his films, his vision is incredible so I'm sure he will do a fine job.  really like the idea of James McAvoy for Bilbo. More

Posted by Pinkvelvet at 14:56 on 25 April 2008 | Report This Post

TrendMeUp ...
I have friends, I know lots of other people, and not a whole lot of them love LOTR.  That's it.  I don't like LOTR so I don't think about it, much less arrange my life around it.  Blimey!  Anyway, I just find it disappointing that Empire seems to be so single minded about this one guy.  It's boring, to be frank. More

Posted by Mad Dog Tannen at 14:19 on 25 April 2008 | Report This Post

RE: An observation about Empire.
L: Mad Dog Tannen I have never liked the way that Empire worships Peter Jackson and his movies. There is absolutely no balance in either its reviews or the coverage of his movies. Five stars for King Kong? I know plenty of people who love LOTR and Kong, but I know even more who can't stand them. It's a shame that Empire doesn't (or won't) reflect that. I don't want to kiss Empire's arse too much, but it isn't their job to reflect the differing views of film fans. That's what the forums a More

Posted by TrendMeUp at 13:21 on 25 April 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Zzzzzzzz ...
L: Mad Dog Tannen I for one don't give a hoot, given that 'the trilogy' was one of the most boring things I have ever endured in my life, but I hope it's everything you fans hope and dream it to be. And I mean that sincerely, folks. sp; Although you don't care it's actually cool that, unlike some people who post on here, you are being nice about it. Much appreciated by a devoted LOTR fan and self professed Guilermo Del Toro lover. (I'd have his kids if I had a womb). More

Posted by kinge247 at 11:58 on 25 April 2008 | Report This Post

Great news, really looking forward to this. More

Posted by Scruffybobby at 10:43 on 25 April 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Best news I've heard in ages...
This should be great! Del Toro is perfect!   Plus Empire will get at least 10 covers out of it once the shooting starts! More

Posted by grucl at 08:00 on 25 April 2008 | Report This Post

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