And The New Front Runner To Direct THE HOBBIT Is ...

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Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth director Guillermo Del Toro. Rumblings had been that the job would go to Sam Raimi but with Raimi hard at work on his new low budget horror film Drag Me To Hell and producers anxious to get going on these just as soon as the writer's strike ends, allowing them to get the scripts into shape, The Hollywood Reporter is now reporting that New Line and MGM are in talks with Guillermo Del Toro to shoot the two Hobbit films back to back. Which would be an excellent move, though I'm still not at all clear on what the second film is actually supposed to be ...

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GAPSJanuary 28, 2008 9:29 PM

Between this, a new Tsukamoto film, and the potential bounce-back of Parnassus, this has been a very positive day for early-days rumours. Rad.

Tuan JimJanuary 28, 2008 9:42 PM

Dammit, when will this man make "At the Mountains of Madness"?!?

Arch StantonJanuary 29, 2008 1:52 AM

I hope he does it. Don't know where he'll put in the insects and clock gears but he's the best choice after Jackson.

MikeJanuary 29, 2008 2:41 AM

Damn, I'd forgotten he'd been planning on trying "At the Mountains of Madness" at some point. I'm with Tuan Jim on this. Screw The Hobbit, somebody give the man just enough money to get some good Lovecraft made.

AirchinapilotJanuary 29, 2008 3:22 AM

Let him do the Hobbit with real people in costumes. As much practical effects as possible.

InCoNTRoLJanuary 29, 2008 5:17 AM

does anyone else consider Del Toro to be severely overrated?

if Pan's Labyrinth was his best it was good for a whopping ten minutes.

ChevalierAguilaJanuary 29, 2008 9:57 AM

Pan is overrated for sure, but Del Toro has actually done good stuff. Watch Cronos to see what the guy is capable of.

Andrew CunninghamJanuary 29, 2008 12:33 PM

The Devil's Backbone has it all over Pan's Labyrinth.

GarthJanuary 29, 2008 2:31 PM

So this is, what, about the 65th thing he's currently working on or considering?

Guy's worse than Tarantino.

Momo the CowJanuary 29, 2008 3:07 PM

As much as I'd love to see a Del Toro Gollum of old... I've already seen Gollum. What I haven't seen is more from the tomes of illustrated notes that Del Toro funnels his grand and sticky imagination into, and from which came Pan's Labyrinth.
Tolkien as filtered through Del Toro sounds great, but I'd much rather see Del Toro realising Del Toro.

SwarezJanuary 29, 2008 10:32 PM

By making The Hobbit Del Toro might get the cloud to make At the Mountains of Madness.

Ard VijnJanuary 30, 2008 1:41 AM

Hmmm...

Why do I think Gollum's cave will suddenly contain evidence of a mysterious ancient civilization?

MechaYakuzaJanuary 30, 2008 12:31 PM

The book was intended to be a children's story. The geek in me is insanely excited, but the parent in me hopes they don't make it too dark.