For the fans of J.R.R. Tolkein’s “The Lord of the Rings,” which I consider myself among, it looks like a director may have been chosen for the film adaption of Tolkein’s “The Hobbit.” From AFP:
LOS ANGELES (AFP) — Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro is in talks to direct two films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novel “The Hobbit,” entertainment press reported Monday.
Del Toro, best known for his Oscar-winning 2006 drama “Pan’s Labyrinth,” was on a shortlist of film-makers deemed capable of adapting Tolkien’s story for the big screen, the Hollywood Reporter said without indicating its sources.
The film of “The Hobbit” will be one of the most eagerly anticipated films in years following New Zealand director Peter Jackson’s three phenomenonally successful “Lord of the Rings” movies.
Jackson is to act as executive producer on the two “Hobbit” films, which will be shot back-to-back in 2009 before release in 2010 and 2011, according to studio backers New Line and MGM.
I have not seen any of the movies Del Toro has directed, but I wasn’t familiar with Jackson’s work either before. I am eagerly anticipating what these movies will look like.