It's no secret that director Guillermo del Toro is a very busy man for the foreseeable future. Last year, even before he was hand-picked to take on The Hobbit and its sequel, the man's name seemed to be popping up attached to numerous projects every other week. The trades went so far as said his films locked him up until 2017 at the earliest. And then he was chosen by Peter Jackson to take on the highly-anticipated Hobbit films, a duty which would require him for the next 3 years.
Total Film sat down with Del Toro to discuss that hectic schedule, his future and of course, The Hobbit.
“I was calmly laying out the next decade of my life when The Hobbit appeared,” he laughs. “I was preparing all these things and all of a sudden The Hobbit shows up and takes over my life.”
Make no mistake: The Hobbit is his precious. Del Toro knows more than anyone that this diptych could – should – define his career.
And so the director has been busy building a world that not only honours JRR Tolkien’s book and Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy but will emerge assuredly, triumphantly, his own.
There's ten pages of this sit-down with Guillermo so we advise you to check it out here.
Preproduction is already underway at the director's base of operations, with shooting scheduled to begin next spring. Beyond all the rumors on possible Bilbo casting, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen and Hugo Weaving have been confirmed as returning to play their parts.
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