Hobbit director! And a trailer…

Well, it is official. Guillermo del Toro, one of the best fantasy directors working today, is going to direct the Hobbit and its sequel. Yesss! He would be my second choice after Peter Jackson – he has such a talent, and I’m really looking forward to his vision of Middle Earth. Plus, Peter Jackson is executive producer, so he’ll be able to make sure the world of the Hobbit isn’t completely incongruous with the world of Lord of the Rings. Here’s hoping it smashes more box-office records and draws more critical attention…

And, here’s the trailer for the new movie by the creators of Scary Movie and Airplane!, appropriately called “Superhero Movie!”  It looks like it will be okay, though I’m worried because it didn’t make me laugh as much as the trailer for Scary Movie 4 did. In any case, it looks light years better than Meet the Spartans, Epic Movie, and Date Movie, so I’ll probably go see it in theatres.

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6 Responses to “Hobbit director! And a trailer…”

  1. i love the spoof movies – cant wait to see it!

  2. Ugh, count me out with del Toro. Weird and creative characters do not a story make. A good story like The Hobbit requires a good storyteller, i.e. Peter Jackson. Del Toro does not fit that category. The Hobbit is a STORY, Pan’s Labyrinth was a collections of scenes with meaningless, however inventive, characters and plots. Boo for the del Toro Hobbit, I’m afraid. Some execs need to swallow their pride and do what’s best for the fans and the story: work it out for Jackson to direct even if we have to wait a bit or put current projects on hold. We’re not waiting on pins and needles for Speilberg’s Tintin or whatever. We are for The Hobbit. It’s Jackson or no one, especially del Toro.

  3. Um, did you see the Pan’s Labyrinth I saw? Not only was it one of the highest rated films of last year, it received over 50 awards, was nominated for over 100, and won 3 Oscars! It’s in the top 100 of all time on http://www.imdb.com. If it hadn’t been a foreign language film it would even have deserved to win Best Picture. I don’t know how anyone could claim that it was just meaningless characters and plots – you’ll have to elaborate on that because I can’t even begin to comprehend how you can call Pan’s Labyrinth meaningless – it’s the best dark fantasy work of our time,and del Toro is a master. He conveys themes of many different kinds of meaning – loss, love, redemption, sacrifice, evil, good, fantasy, childhood. Pan’s Labyrinth is a eulogy for the end of childhood, a recognition that it must end; it’s a powerful fable about the necessity of sacrifice; about how fulfilling our destiny can be a beautiful thing. It’s all of these things and so much more, with excellent acting, fantastic special effects, a riveting story, an engrossing war drama, a perceptive cautionary tale, and so much more.

    No offense, but have you even seen Pan’s Labyrinth? I don’t believe you have. I’ve heard a lot of crap about it, but nothing that was even close to your completely false assessment of it.

  4. No offense. 🙂

  5. Uh no, not official. We do not know specifics – namely is he directing both (unlikely) or just the first (likely) with Jackson directing the second. Del Toro knows nothing about bridging to LOTRs – he has only held interest in “The Hobbit”.

    Pans Labyrinth was a good movie. Was it Tolkien? Hell no.

  6. Did you follow the link? Jackson is most definitely producing the film, and del Toro is directing them (the first at least, probably the second). It will be a few days before it’s offical on imdb, but you can be it’s pretty official. The only reason this makes me sad is that it will mean he won’t get to do the seventh Harry Potter, which I also think he could do a good job on. And I didn’t say del Toro knew anything about bridging LOTR. I said Jackson as a producer could help to facilitate it.

    No, Pan’s Labyrinth wasn’t Tolkien. Is anything except Tolkien Tolkien? No, of course not. But they’re two different kinds of fantasy, they don’t deserve to be compared to each other, and it’s not fair to del Toro either. If Tolkien were written today, he would be considered ponderous, slow, and over-long. But he wasn’t. Directors should be judged in their own time based on where they exist. I honestly believe than in fifty or sixty years del Toro will be seen as one of the premier fantasy directors of the 21st century.

    And Jackson is not Tolkien either. He gave us his vision of Middle Earth, not Tolkien’s.

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