Del Toro To Go There And Back Again?

hobbitbookcover.jpgThere’s no denying that Peter Jackson did an epic job with the cinematic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. But there has been some question as to who would be at the helm of the film version of the trilogy’s predecessor, The Hobbit. Well, it looks as if a director may be attached.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, and reported by Ain’t It Cool News, Guillermo del Toro is in talks to direct back-to-back installments of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, which is being co-financed by New Line and MGM. This is good news — I believe for long-time fans of the Middle Earth mythology as well as new fans that discvered the world with Jackson’s cinematic adaptation.

Of all of the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit is by far my favorite — and as awe-inspiring and wonderful The Lord of The Rings trilogy was, I am much more excited about the possible films based on the the trilogy’s “prequel.” And if Peter Jackson isn’t going to be the director, I think there’s no better choice than del Toro for the job — having directed such fantasy-fair as Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy.

Though it looks as if we still have to wait awhile before we see the adventures of Bilbo Baggins with principle photography not slatted to start until sometime next year and the two films scheduled to be released in 2010 and 2011.

Of course, I have found memories of the 1977 animated made-for-television endeavor by Rankin/Bass featuring the voice of Orson Bean as Bilbo and the late great John Huston as Gandalf…

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