I think it’s safe to say Tolkien fans are going to be happy with this news. We know Peter Jackson is not directing The Hobbit, and despite the rumours of Sam Raimi’s involvement, it looks like Guillermo del Toro is in fact the one who will be stepping to the plate. According to The Hollywood Reporter, del Toro is currently in negotiations to direct both halves of The Hobbit feature film, moving on to the project immediately after he finishes post-production on Hellboy 2.
The production budget for both films will be $150 million, so this is obviously no small undertaking. Despite the fact that del Toro has helmed some big movies in the past, this will be an absolutely massive investment of time and energy (no doubt the reason that Jackson decided not to direct it himself). Still, he is obviously passionate about the source material, and there is no reason to think he won’t do a bang up job.
Personally, I just think it will be cool to have another personality behind the camera for The Hobbit, since the story is very different from The Lord of the Rings. The question is, will del Toro start mucking around with the art design himself, or will he leave it to the folks at WETA to maintain consistency with the LOTR trilogy? Either way, the big roadblock now is the writer’s strike, since there is currently no script in place. Are you excited about to see del Toro on board for The Hobbit?