Exclusive: GUILLERMO DEL TORO UPDATES ABOUT 'THE HOBBIT' STATUS
On the eve of HELLBOY II's DVD release, the director reveals there won't be bridging material between THE HOBBIT and LORD OF THE RINGS - now it will be one story, two film chapters
By A. C. FERRANTE, Editor in Chief
LOCATION: Hollywood, CA
THE SKINNY: Last night, Universal Home Entertainment held a big event honoring the HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY release on DVD and Blu-ray. Most of the cast and crew were in attendance including director Guillermo del Toro who spoke about all the exciting “special features” the Blu-ray has to offer.
iF also was able to speak with the director shortly after the event to get the scoop on his next project THE HOBBIT which is the prequel film to Peter Jackson’s THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy.
While there was talk at some point of having the second film include linking material that would tie it directly into LORD OF THE RINGS, Del Toro says that’s been abandoned in favor of telling one complete story of the book in two films.
Read on for the full scoop … and for the full DEL TORO interview, CLICK HERE.
iF MAGAZINE: Where are you with THE HOBBIT right now?
GUILLERMO DEL TORO: Writing every day. Talking to Peter [Jackson]. Emailing. Going to New Zealand back and forth. I really think that the bulk of the hardcore pre-production is going to start in January.
iF: Are you writing two scripts simultaneously?
DEL TORO: The way we view it, and I think it was Peter who said, “let’s stop talking about two movies, let’s talk about one story.” I thought “abso-f*cking-lutely.” Then it made sense. I was so worried about this and that. Then all of sudden, seeing it as one narrative, saying, “this is the story” and not only the two movies. When we agreed, “let’s think about the five movies as a single story – a single narrative thread,” it opened up the scope of what we’re doing. You don’t have to try to contain the HOBBIT book in one movie, which I think would be a disservice. People tend to think, “why two movies,” and you go back and take notes of the book. The book you read, is not the book that [you think it is]. The book is such an effortless read and it seems like it goes like a breeze, but there are so many events in THE HOBBIT. Especially if you’re taking into account, ancillary stuff, there’s so much there. It really is barely containable into two movies.
iF: You’re linking it into the first LORD OF THE RINGS movie – I read that the last part of the second film would include material not in the book, but would link it more fully to the first LORD film.
DEL TORO: We’re not doing that. That was spoken about early on, as I said, we stopped talking about in terms of a bridge film, it’s a single film. We said, “we’re talking about a ‘film’ and we’re talking about two chapters of a film or two episodes.”
HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY is now out on DVD and Blu-ray.
Lolli Damon from CA sez....
I'm thoroughly excited about the Hobbit and I think that Del Toro and Peter are really great directors.I love the LOTR series and all of Del Toro's creatures and worlds. I really like Abe Sapien (I think that's how you spell it)and Pan's Labyrinth.SOOOOO can't wait for the Hobbit release.!
11/13/2008 7:34:15 PM