Confirmed: Del Toro to Direct Hobbits

The Los Angeles Times confirms what has been expected for months: Guillermo Del Toro will direct two films inspired by Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The first will portray the events of the book; the second will cover the gap between the book and LORD OF THE RINGS. Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh will executive produce the films.

“We have long admired Guillermo’s work and cannot think of a more inspired filmmaker to take the journey back to Middle-earth,” Walsh and Jackson said in a statement. “We are delighted ‘The Hobbit’ is in such trustworthy hands.”

Del Toro will relocate to New Zealand for four years to work on the movies, which means fans will have to wait a long time for his recently announced project, SATURN AND THE END OF DAYS.
Del Toro’s latest film, HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY, is scheduled for release in July.

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