Nobody I knew was as excited as me about the confirmation of Guillermo del Toro
to direct The Hobbit
and what ever the frak they're going to call the sequel. Hobbit 2: Bilbo's Revenge
or Hobbit 2: Damn Dirty Dwarves
or Hobbit 2: Electric Boogaloo
or Hobbit 2: Everything From Here on Out is Gonna be Cake
or maybe just Hobbits
. Regardless, this time it's personal. Or so I thought.
Here I pictured Guillermo, with his perfectly executed mythology film Pan's Labyrinth
, would be the go-to guy for sure
to take up these creative reins. I may have been overconfident. Apparently, not only has Guillermo del Toro
not ever even finished reading the original trilogy, but he wasn't a fan of it to begin with.
brought us the scoop from the past. He told them in an interview at Cannes in 2006 that Hobbits ain't his thing:
"I was never into heroic fantasy. At all. I don't like little guys and dragons, hairy feet, hobbits -- I've never been into that at all. I don't like sword and sorcery, I hate all that stuff."
Oops. What now? My excitement for this project has suddenly considerably lessened. I am absolutely 100% against Guillermo directing this if he's only doing it for the money and prestige. If his heart's not in it, let him go make something he actually WANTS to make like At The Mountains of Madness
or Doctor Strange
or one of the hundreds of other projects he's flirted with in the past year or so.
To make a project like this even comparable to the original Lord of the Rings
trilogy, they've got to be helmed by someone who loves them completely. Someone who's proven his vision already. Somebody like...Peter Jackson
Seriously, WTF? He can't do it because he's busy with other stuff? What, like producing a Halo
movie and frelling Tintin
Seriously, who gives a flying frak about frelling Tintin
besides Peter Jackson
, Steven Spielberg
and probably Harry Knowles
...No offense guys, I'm sure Tintin
is great and totally fab and all that...but over The Hobbit
film? Time for this French character to surrender (something I hear they're good at) to something a little more anticipated.