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The Hobbit’s Labyrinth – Guillermo del Toro to Direct LotR Prequels

In the first piece of movie news that’s excited me in a long time, I just discovered that Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro is to direct The Hobbit in lieu of Peter Jackson.

It’s no secret that I’m a huge Lord of the Rings fan, and when I first heard that Jackson was having a bit of a rift with New Line and may not direct the two planned prequels (The Hobbit will be shot as two films) I was slightly worried to say least. Jackson did an incredible job with the original trilogy and I couldn’t think of another director who could put the same passion into directing The Hobbit whilst keeping the feel of the movie so close to that of the book.

However, I think del Toro is perfect and I congratulate MGM, New Line, and Peter Jackson (he’s the executive producer) on their inspired choice – del Toro brought Pan’s Labyrinth to life as a work of visual art, and if the same emotion gets poured into The Hobbit, well, we’re all in for one hell of a treat.

Thinking back to when I first saw Pan’s Labyrinth I remember being amazed at the realism of this fantasy film and being blinded by the brilliance of the cinematography. I remember having the distinct feeling that I was reading a brand new – even darker – Lewis Carroll fairy-tale directed by an early Tim Burton; all enhanced by the glorious little cinema I saw it in. It was brilliant.

Pan’s Labyrinth 5 / 5
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 5 / 5
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 4.5 / 5
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 5 / 5

One Comment

  1. Dspooky
    Posted April 25, 2008 at 15:44 | Permalink

    i totally agree with you but i think del toro will make a great movies, go del toro i cried like a lot with pan’s laberynth see you bye