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Del Toro on HOBBIT

Director Guillermo del Toro Talks Hobbit and Sequel.

By Jarrod Sarafin     November 05, 2009
Source: Total Film

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.

Thoughts? Sound off below.

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Chopsaki 11/5/2009 2:37:32 AM

Zach Galifianakis should play a dwarf, make it so Del Toro.

Wiseguy 11/5/2009 4:21:40 AM

These are the films that will finally legitimize him outside of the cult semi-hits he's had so far. I'm still crossing my fingers and wish PJ was doing the honors. But hopefully he'll be close by as producer to make sure it doesn't go off course

hanso 11/5/2009 4:23:41 AM

No way man, not if it means Galifianakis will be out of commission for a long time while he's running around Middle Earth.  The world needs more Galifianakis not less.

I wonder if the good people behind Lord of the G String will take this opportunity to create a prequel.

pilgram 11/5/2009 5:54:09 AM

I'm sure that PJ is going to be all over this. I know DT can do it but I feel that PJ has made this whole Middle Earth thing his. He will be on top of every decision to make sure that they are the best representation of the franchise as a whole. I think PJ is just letting someone else do the Heavy Lifting this time. He still runs the show.

ThemanG01 11/5/2009 6:39:32 AM

I think GDT is the perfect director for The Hobbit, and probably would have created an incredible LotR trilogy as well.  He's almost childlike in his fascination for the fantastic.  I'm probably more excited about this than I was the Rings and most of that has to do with it resting in GDT's capable hands.

Calibur454 11/5/2009 7:17:32 AM

I just finally want to see the hobbit movie. Glad It's finally making some headway

Darkknight2280 11/5/2009 7:32:11 AM

I have a question...whatever happened to Peter Jackson? After King Kong did he go hide under a rock? Only way i have heard his name is he was a good buddy of the guy that directed District 9. Did he die of embarrasment after King Kong?

Wiseguy 11/5/2009 8:09:46 AM

PJ has The Lovely Bones coming out this Christmas, so he's been a bit busy himself and I believe he's making a WW2 movie after that, forgot the title but do remember he's considering making it in 3D. I believe it's about bombers from "down under"

Oh and that TinTin stuff he's splitting with Spielberg

almostunbiased 11/5/2009 1:19:36 PM

I don't like it that he wants to MAKE IT HIS OWN.  But whatever.  I did finally see Pan's las weekend and really enjoyed it.  Think all his creatures are starting to look the same in his movies though so hope he stays true to Jackson's for continuity.  Either way this is my most anticipated movie.

Pendragon0 11/5/2009 2:42:01 PM

I know I've said this before, but I've never heard Jackson's reasons for not doing these himself.  I mean, LOTR's his baby.  Can anybody fill me in?

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