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Hobbit fallout: who will direct, and what's del Toro doing next?

Jun. 1, 2010by: Dave Davis

Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has officially said Adiós to THE HOBBIT, leaving a considerable hole in the talent team for the eventual production. Who could step into those shoes to take Bilbo there and back again (whenever the behind-the-scenes business is resolved)?

There's plenty of speculation online (and that's all we're likely to have for the foreseeable future). The name to immediately spring to the virtual lips of many was, of course, Peter Jackson. The lord of the LORD OF THE RINGS told NZ's Dominion Post that he wouldn't rule out directing it himself: "If that's what I have to do to protect Warner Bros' investment, then obviously that's one angle which I'll explore," he said. "The other studios may not let me out of the contracts."

Indeed, Jackson's manager downplays the possibility to EW: "That’s not something he can consider at this time as he has other commitments to other projects. But make no mistake, Peter and Fran’s commitment to the franchise is total and will do everything necessary to protect the films and the investment made by New Line, [parent company] Warner Bros. and MGM."

EW also says that despite the widely reported woes of MGM, "Dec. 2010 has always been the target production start date and is not expected to change with Del Toro’s replacement." So who would be able to slide in with that time frame? Sam Raimi, who pursued the project before placing second to GdT? Or is Raimi content to play in the fantasy realm of his WORLD OF WARCRAFT project?

A better question might be: What will del Toro actually do now that his schedule has four extra years open? He has plenty of potential projects to tackle as either producer or director. There's adaptations of Kurt Vonnegut's SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE, H.P. Lovecraft's AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, Dan Simmons' DROOD, Roald Dahl's THE WITCHES, and updates of FRANKENSTEIN and DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE.

Then there's the long list of things he's been interested in or associated with in the past: Marvel's DR. STRANGE, DC's DEADMAN, HATERS, SATURN AND THE END OF DAYS, a remake of the TV series THE CHAMPIONS, and pet project THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS. Plus he's writing more novels to follow "The Strain" and is developing his own horror label at Disney.

Whatever he does, it shouldn't be too long before we hear -- when prompted by Hero Complex, del Toro succinctly replied "TBD very soon!"

Extra Tidbit: So who would you like to see direct THE HOBBIT, and what should del Toro do next?
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7:56AM on 06/02/2010
He should do Hellboy III. Ron Perlman ain't getting any younger.
He should do Hellboy III. Ron Perlman ain't getting any younger.
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6:56AM on 06/02/2010

Did somebody say Hellboy 3?

Hobbit: I am down with Neill Blomkamp directing, but i think PJ needs to bounce back from the bad feedback of Lovely Bones.

Del Toro: I would love to see Hellboy 3. If they can green light another Riddick movie (which i'm also down for), why not Hellboy 3?
Hobbit: I am down with Neill Blomkamp directing, but i think PJ needs to bounce back from the bad feedback of Lovely Bones.

Del Toro: I would love to see Hellboy 3. If they can green light another Riddick movie (which i'm also down for), why not Hellboy 3?
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4:39PM on 06/01/2010
Del Toro should do another Hellboy. They'll probably get Boll or W S Anderson to direct.
Del Toro should do another Hellboy. They'll probably get Boll or W S Anderson to direct.
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3:32PM on 06/01/2010

HELLBOY 3!!!!!!

Now Del toros gone i dont care about the hobbit cos only 2 people can do it right del toro and jackson and both dont wanna do it so im done. Del toro should do Hellboy 3 next its the one project im so excityed for him to do and hopefully if he gets the funding hellboy 4 but not getting ahead of myself I would also be happy with his love craft film or Frankenstein either this is a talented ma scourned by Hollywood AGAIN!! (mimic as well) so what ever his next project will have many fan boys
Now Del toros gone i dont care about the hobbit cos only 2 people can do it right del toro and jackson and both dont wanna do it so im done. Del toro should do Hellboy 3 next its the one project im so excityed for him to do and hopefully if he gets the funding hellboy 4 but not getting ahead of myself I would also be happy with his love craft film or Frankenstein either this is a talented ma scourned by Hollywood AGAIN!! (mimic as well) so what ever his next project will have many fan boys drooling with anticipation
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3:29PM on 06/01/2010
STEVEN SPIELBERG!!!
STEVEN SPIELBERG!!!
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2:56PM on 06/01/2010

Cast this Director?! part 2

Peter jackson should produce only... as much as i like cuaron i dont think he should always be the second go to guy after GDT..

To Direct: Edgar Wright or Garth Jennings (hitchikers guide to galaxy)

good luck and god speed to the creative teams behind this!!! :o)
doing the hobbit may have opened up some doors more easily for GDT. its a shame it couldnt have been done on time.
Peter jackson should produce only... as much as i like cuaron i dont think he should always be the second go to guy after GDT..

To Direct: Edgar Wright or Garth Jennings (hitchikers guide to galaxy)

good luck and god speed to the creative teams behind this!!! :o)
doing the hobbit may have opened up some doors more easily for GDT. its a shame it couldnt have been done on time.
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2:52PM on 06/01/2010

Cast this Director?!

Edgar Wright to Direct under the moentorship of PJ
Edgar Wright to Direct under the moentorship of PJ
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12:42PM on 06/01/2010
Frankly, I could care less about Tolkien's crappy hobbits. The first trilogy would have been over in one movie if they had just stuck Frodo's butt on a giant eagle to drop the ring in the lava pit from the air. There. 30 minutes and done.

Yeah, yeah, now I'm going to get a bunch of bullshit responses about 'the journey not the destination'. It's called a plothole, people! Move on with your life.

I'm glad Del Toro is getting to move on to do more creative and ORIGINAL movies than having
Frankly, I could care less about Tolkien's crappy hobbits. The first trilogy would have been over in one movie if they had just stuck Frodo's butt on a giant eagle to drop the ring in the lava pit from the air. There. 30 minutes and done.

Yeah, yeah, now I'm going to get a bunch of bullshit responses about 'the journey not the destination'. It's called a plothole, people! Move on with your life.

I'm glad Del Toro is getting to move on to do more creative and ORIGINAL movies than having to suffer through some homoerotic, hairy-footed, long-winded nonsense.
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5:26PM on 06/01/2010
I love how everyone recycles this factoid of received wisdom, only to forget one thing: the 9 Nazgul and their flying monsters, not to mention the lack of cover. Eye of Sauron, anyone?
I love how everyone recycles this factoid of received wisdom, only to forget one thing: the 9 Nazgul and their flying monsters, not to mention the lack of cover. Eye of Sauron, anyone?
12:04AM on 06/02/2010
It's a fuckin movie, for fuck's sake! Your little 'factoid' is almost as informative to to me as the combination to Captain Kirk's safe in episode 23 of Star Trek. In the immortal words of Shatner, "GET A LIFE!"
It's a fuckin movie, for fuck's sake! Your little 'factoid' is almost as informative to to me as the combination to Captain Kirk's safe in episode 23 of Star Trek. In the immortal words of Shatner, "GET A LIFE!"
11:35AM on 06/01/2010
The Hobbit: Alfonso Cuarn.

Guillermo del Toro: At The Mountains of Madness.

Sam Raimi: ANYTHING BUT THE HOBBIT
The Hobbit: Alfonso Cuarn.

Guillermo del Toro: At The Mountains of Madness.

Sam Raimi: ANYTHING BUT THE HOBBIT
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9:57AM on 06/01/2010
The only person who can direct now is Jackson, Raimi is a terrible Director, yeah thats right, he's SHITE! Drag me to hell? PISH, Spider-Man? meh! I liked his Evil Dead movies but thats it. All his fast zooms and lame humour would ruin a Hobbit movie. So NO not him. And yes I am just saying this to piss people off and get a reaction, he still blows dead bears though ;)
The only person who can direct now is Jackson, Raimi is a terrible Director, yeah thats right, he's SHITE! Drag me to hell? PISH, Spider-Man? meh! I liked his Evil Dead movies but thats it. All his fast zooms and lame humour would ruin a Hobbit movie. So NO not him. And yes I am just saying this to piss people off and get a reaction, he still blows dead bears though ;)
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10:43AM on 06/01/2010
Darkman is the shiz and you know it ;)
Darkman is the shiz and you know it ;)
10:45AM on 06/01/2010
Oh yeah Darkman was good actually haha. Ok just his recent stuff then.
Oh yeah Darkman was good actually haha. Ok just his recent stuff then.
8:50AM on 06/01/2010
The Hobbit director: Blomkamp, or Jackson himself (but after spending nearly ten years with the franchise, I wouldn't blame him for stickin' at the role of producer)

Next Del Toro: At the Mountains of Madness! I'm still waiting for true Lovecraft adaptation to hit the big screen (Call of Cthulhu, black and white version was good, but not big screen stuff), I've still not seen one...
The Hobbit director: Blomkamp, or Jackson himself (but after spending nearly ten years with the franchise, I wouldn't blame him for stickin' at the role of producer)

Next Del Toro: At the Mountains of Madness! I'm still waiting for true Lovecraft adaptation to hit the big screen (Call of Cthulhu, black and white version was good, but not big screen stuff), I've still not seen one...
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7:53AM on 06/01/2010

The Witches!

I'd love to have Del Toro finally take a crack at that adaptation.
And of course At the Mountains of Madness.
I'd love to have Del Toro finally take a crack at that adaptation.
And of course At the Mountains of Madness.
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7:38AM on 06/01/2010

At the mountains of madness

It MUST be made!
It MUST be made!
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6:44AM on 06/01/2010
NOOOO not Raimi, that's a bad match! I like Raimi but his movies always has a b- movie tone to it, and that doesn't fit with epic Hobbit!
Getting PJ back in the saddle would be the dream senario!
NOOOO not Raimi, that's a bad match! I like Raimi but his movies always has a b- movie tone to it, and that doesn't fit with epic Hobbit!
Getting PJ back in the saddle would be the dream senario!
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6:10AM on 06/01/2010
AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5:49AM on 06/01/2010

Not a big LOTR fan really

But I'd watch Sam Raimi Hobbit movie.

If only for the crash zooms and dutch tilts
But I'd watch Sam Raimi Hobbit movie.

If only for the crash zooms and dutch tilts
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2:42AM on 06/01/2010

Terrible news.

I think Peter Jackson may very well do it. He's just about the only person I could trust to do this, outside of like Spielberg or Sam Raimi.
I think Peter Jackson may very well do it. He's just about the only person I could trust to do this, outside of like Spielberg or Sam Raimi.
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2:23AM on 06/01/2010
I want Hellboy 3. I mean the opportunity and the time is right. Not to mention its a guaranteed money-maker since its been all about Marvel and DC lately. Could use a little switch from that. And as far as the Hobbit. I say go with Gore Virbinski. He has experience with Epics, and would do a decent job.
I want Hellboy 3. I mean the opportunity and the time is right. Not to mention its a guaranteed money-maker since its been all about Marvel and DC lately. Could use a little switch from that. And as far as the Hobbit. I say go with Gore Virbinski. He has experience with Epics, and would do a decent job.
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1:35AM on 06/01/2010
Neil Blomkamp or Alfonso Cuaron should do it. I hope they still keep the script GDT and Jackson came up with.
Neil Blomkamp or Alfonso Cuaron should do it. I hope they still keep the script GDT and Jackson came up with.
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1:22AM on 06/01/2010
A "horror label at Disney". The man's Awesome Quotient just went into the stratosphere.
A "horror label at Disney". The man's Awesome Quotient just went into the stratosphere.
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12:53AM on 06/01/2010

I'm glad Del Toro is moving on.

My first choice for him would be to finish up his HELLBOY series then from there the sky's the limit. We all know Peter Jackson is gonna end up Directing The Hobbit so just cut the B.S. and get to work already.
My first choice for him would be to finish up his HELLBOY series then from there the sky's the limit. We all know Peter Jackson is gonna end up Directing The Hobbit so just cut the B.S. and get to work already.
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12:37AM on 06/01/2010

Let Neil Blomkamp Drive Peter....

He wont make a fool out of you.
He wont make a fool out of you.
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12:34AM on 06/01/2010

Glad he's free from that prison term

The first assistant director of District 9 should step in and direct with Del Toro's script.
The first assistant director of District 9 should step in and direct with Del Toro's script.
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7:19AM on 06/01/2010
Why the First Assistant Director?
Why the First Assistant Director?
12:34AM on 06/01/2010
I'm open to anything Del Toro does at this point. The man almost always guarantees a winner. Even though Hellboy 2 was disappointing it was still a lot of fun to watch. I hope he moves on to better pastures.
I'm open to anything Del Toro does at this point. The man almost always guarantees a winner. Even though Hellboy 2 was disappointing it was still a lot of fun to watch. I hope he moves on to better pastures.
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