Monday, January 28, 2008

Guillermo Del Toro might have made the bad choice to direct The Hobbit.

In recent months, Pan's Labrynth director Guillermo Del Toro has been straddling the fence between helming the final installments of The Lord of the Rings series with The Hobbit, and the Harry Potter series with The Deathly Hallows. Now according to The Hollywood Reporter, it looks as if Del Toro might have decided to direct The Hobbit

If this is the case, I think Del Toro made the wrong choice.

Both project consist of two films being adapted from one book, but unlike The Hobbit, The Deathly Hallows actually needs two films to cover its massive text. The Hobbit is a thin tome that Peter Jackson says he plans to pad out into two films by taking scraps and short stories revolving around Tolkien's universe and filming them as parallels to the main story. Sure, it means we'll get origin stories for all of our favorite LOTR trilogy characters like Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli, but I can't imagine the two films will be anything less than a complete and total mess. Even that last film Peter Jackson did almost fell apart because of all the stuff he added from the appendices.

On the other hand, The Deathly Hallows is a book that could desperately use the touch of Del Toro. It's a story loaded with sadness and murder, and Del Toro is the only filmmaker I know who has incorperated both of those things into stories about children without making me feel deeply depressed.

Perhaps Del Toro is planning to hand the final Harry Potter films off to his buddy Alfonso Cuaron, who directed The Prisoner of Azkaban, or Juan Antonio Bayona, who he produced in the amazing The Orphanage. If that's the case, I can live with it. But if Warner Brothers could pick anyone to direct this final film, it should be Del Toro. He's already said that he loves Harry Potter and would be glad to do it, so I'm not too sure why Warner hasn't signed him up already. Otherwise he's going to be drug down with the potentially massive waste of money known as The Hobbit prequels.

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