25/04/2008. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Peter Jackson has confirmed that the Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro is to direct the two The Lord of the Rings prequel movies. The fun just never stops!
Guillermo del Toro will direct The Hobbit and its sequel, it was announced by The Hobbit's exec producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh.
“Guillermo is a filmmaker of outstanding ability; he is a genuine storyteller who brings a tremendous amount of passion, energy and imagination to his work. A true original, Guillermo is a cinematic magician who has never lost his child-like sense of wonder. He understands that the fantastic must be grounded in the real and that all stories are only ever a reflection of ourselves,” Jackson and Walsh told SFcrowsnest.com. “We have long admired Guillermo’s work and cannot think of a more inspired filmmaker to take the journey back to Middle-earth. We are delighted ‘The Hobbit’ is in such trustworthy hands.”
Del Toro added, “This is a great honor, and I am indeed blessed to become a part of the filmmaking community that Peter, Fran and their extraordinary team of collaborators have created in New Zealand. I want to thank them, Bob Shaye, Michael Lynne, Toby Emmerich and Mark Ordesky for entrusting me with such an incredible project. Contributing to the ‘Lord of the Rings’ legacy is an absolute dream come true.”
Del Toro will move to New Zealand for the next four years to work with Jackson and his Wingnut and WETA production teams. He will helm the two films back to back – telling the story of The Hobbit, and its sequel, which will deal with the 60-year period between The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, the first of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.
New Line is overseeing development and will manage the production. The Hobbit and its sequel are being co-produced and co-financed by New Line Cinema and MGM, with Warner Brothers distributing in the USA and MGM distributing internationally. Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh are executive producing the films.
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