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Surprise: Del Toro directs The Hobbit

GuillermodelToro.jpgSo believe it or not Guillermo del Toro is set to direct The Hobbit. Yes the news that we've really known for a long time now has finally been confirmed, he's signed to direct two films back to back, and is heading to New Zealand to work with Wingnut and WETA on the two episodes of The Hobbit.

The official statement gives us a few comments from the man himself.

"This is a great honor, and I am indeed blessed to become a part of the filmmaking community that Peter, Fran and their extraordinary team of collaborators have created in New Zealand. I want to thank them, Bob Shaye, Michael Lynne, Toby Emmerich and Mark Ordesky for entrusting me with such an incredible project. Contributing to the 'Lord of the Rings' legacy is an absolute dream come true."

There then ensues a bunch of comments from all about how great everyone is, so let's just take that as read and move on. You can read them all over at the official The Hobbit film blog.

The deal means that Guillermo del Toro will be moving to New Zealand to work with the production teams from Peter Jackson's WETA and Wingnut companies as well as the man himself and create the two Hobbit films back to back.

The Hobbit and the sequel will cover the period of the novel all the way to the start of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring.

It's not really a surprise though is it? We all knew the news was unconfirmed and del Toro's less than subtle poem the other day really did clinch the deal. I mean who else would be such a strong choice for the part?

Now we should expect to start hearing the news of casting, and most importantly the return of some familiar faces which, I hope, won't be a surprise either.



Yes, can we please hear more about who is going to be cast as Bilbo please?!?!?! I have just the right actor in mind!

I'm still not sure I understand how they intend to stretch the Hobbit into 2 films. What would be the major plot points of the first and second? Maybe I need to go back and read it again. It's been a while.

Believe me hap they could do it as just one film, we all know why they want to extend it to 2 films, it's all about the money!

I think the two films aren't to stretch The Hobbit out, in fact from what I've heard I think that the first film will be The Hobbit and the second film will be what happens between The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Rings, so it's all new...in a way.

Is the stuff in between based on material from Tolkein, or is it something the studio is inventing on their own?

hap, you're forgetting that The Two Towers and Return of the King isn't pure, unadulterated Tolkien, it's the triumvirate of Jackson, Walsh and Boyens so you shouldn't be surprised to what they'll ADD and SUBSTRACT from the narrative.

I'm not really sure. I'll have to skip back through the stuff I've read before, but I do remember some early talk saying that they were using some of the short story work to flesh out the time between. You can guarantee there'll be a lot of newly written material as well.


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