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Del Toro talks Shire

04.28.2008

Guillermo Del Toro Now that fuzzy Mexican genius Guillermo Del Toro is officially on board to direct THE HOBBIT prequel and the mysterious "[not a] bridge" film covering the 50 or so years leading up to the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, he's ready to talk about the films without the frustrating "if's" and "maybe"s" we've grown accustomed to in the last few months. He recently had a little pow wow with LOTR master fansite "The One Ring" and dished on some cool things about the project, including its genesis and his collaboration with WETA. Here's a little taste:

How did this whole process get started?

GDT: I met Peter (Jackson) a long time ago when we were planning on doing ‘Halo’ together, I really love how they have that setup in New Zealand, I call it ‘Hollywood the way God intended it’. New Zealand has all the technical advantages when doing a big movie and you are shooting it in paradise, both in terms of artistic freedom and commitment.

When ‘Halo’ didn’t happen, Peter and I stayed in contact on a regular basis, and last winter I started getting inklings that ‘The Hobbit’ may come this way, mainly from the studio. The first thing I said was that I would only be interested if Peter was involved and the (New Line Lawsuit) problem gets resolved. When that issue was resolved I got a call from Peter and we chatted, and it started from then, it was my Christmas gift!

Fans are all abuzz about ‘The Second Film’, can you tell some of your plans for it?

GDT: You know, I traveled to New Zealand just a little while ago, and one of the main reasons for going was to sit down and talk about the second film. ‘The Hobbit’, the book, is really one self-contained film, so for the second movie we sat down and worked it out. When we did this we got really excited because this second film is not a ‘tag on’, it’s not ‘filler’, it’s an integral part of telling the story of those 50 years of history lost in the narrative. There will be certain things that we will see from the first movie but from a different point of view, but it will feel like a volume, in the 5 volumes of the entire story. It will not feel like a bridge, I’ve been hearing it called ‘a bridge film’, it’s not, it’s an integral chapter of the story, and I think we’re all on the same page.

Read the rest of that bad boy over HERE.

Extra Tidbit: Del Toro's production company is named "The Tequila Gang".
Source: The One Ring

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