Hobbit & del Toro = pure awesomeness
In a major step forward on “The Hobbit,” Guillermo del Toro has signed on to direct the New Line-MGM tentpole and its sequel.
The widely expected announcement came Thursday afternoon jointly from exec producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, New Line president Toby Emmerich and Mary Parent, the newly named chief of MGM’s Worldwide Motion Picture Group.
Del Toro’s moving to New Zealand for the next four years to work with Jackson and his Wingnut and WETA production teams. He’ll direct the two films back to back, with the sequel which will deal with the 60-year period between “The Hobbit” and “The Fellowship of the Ring,” the first of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. I don’t know if you saw Labyrinth, but it was like a horror version of a Henson flick (in regards to creativity & muppety monsters). Gorgeous. Seriously.
So for Guillermo del Toro – whose talents abound – takes over where Peter Jackson left off??? WHAAABAM. I honestly believe he’d be the ONLY one to bring a sense of similarity from LOTR trilogy, while STILL tossing in his own credit, expertise, and kick-rear-ness to the mix.
I’m so darn pumped. I loved the Hobbit as a kid, and I cannot wait to see what they do with this classic.