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Del Toro on Hobbit

08.31.2009

Guillermo del Toro wants to put the HOBBIT 3D rumors to rest. He also talks about AVATAR and casting for Bilbo.

Del Toro took to the boards over at The One Ring Forums to discuss the possibility of a 3D film, "As a co-writer and director of this film (who works with the design teams, costume teams, creature teams, VFX teams every day of the week), let me be very clear one more time: we are not talking about 3D, we are NOT writing the screenplay for 3D right now- we are hiring my DoP Guillermo Navarro to shoot the film and we are not discussing 3D with him either or with WETA digital or WB or anyone else."

He continues on about the 3D market, "If after AVATAR the market may change and demands are put upon us, etc that is in the future. But if such things happen and we start discussing 3D down the line, I'll let it be know here at TORN because that's the proper way of doing things. But make no mistake- I've been living in NZ for almost a year now and we have not been discussing 3D."

Even though AVATAR will probably do exceptionally well at the box office, Del Toro knows that the way of 3D is inevitable, "Jim [Dorey] has been right in the past and he may be right in the future. He is dead-on about the imminent conversion of film into an expanding 3-D field - at least in most blockbusters and I know of, at least, 4 or 5 major filmmakers preparing 3D films right now. Some of them seriously artistic and ungimmicky!! I've seen AVATAR and I was absolutely blow away by it!! I myself expect to explore 3D soon enough- it is the future, just not my immediate future.

I am looking forward to seeing AVATAR is 3D. It will obviously give true life to what we have seen in the trailer. Well, what about the casting rumors? Del Toro squashed possibilities, "And no- neither David Tennant nor Tom Cruise are Bilbo and we are not redesigning Gollum."

Extra Tidbit: LORD OF THE RINGS extended edition in 3D! Now that's f*cking epic!

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