Guillermo del Toro on Hobbit rumour control

The director calms fans' worries


Guillermo del Toro has spoken to to address several of the Hobbit rumours that have been hitting the net recently.

On worries that Andy Serkis wasn't mentioned in recent talk of returning cast members, del Toro said: "I cannot imagine Gollum being played by anyone but Andy."

On the lack of studio greenlight: "It's simple: we may say what we want but until there are two scripts delivered and budgets and schedules to support them we will be all under a yellow light of development."

"But the greenlight and thus commencement can only be granted by the studio. Pete as producer and me as director will do everything we can in the meantime."

On trouble with Warner Bros: "Is there any trouble brewing at WB? Not at all. All I can say is that they reacted to our delivered script with great delight and we have been receiving strong support in our development."

"Smaug is being animation tested, we are editing the pre-vis, doing final selections on Dwarven War Artifacts and Gear and starting many fabrication tests for armies, prosthetics and wardrobes."

Phew! It's reassuring to here that del Toro has everything under control, and we're hoping he'll be as forthcoming with details at every stage of the production.

Source [ via FirstShowing]

Confident about del Toro's Hobbit? Or a little edgy about him taking charge of the mega-blockbuster? Share below.


    • Ronniedruid

      Dec 14th 2009, 14:01

      I'm MORE than confident at having GDT at the helm of The Hobbit movies!!! Hope he and Peter Jackson have a big hand in some of the casting decisions. Would love to see Luke Goss playing one of the Elf roles! (Thranduil would be AWESOME!!!) and he and GDT work so well together!

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    • Ali1748

      Dec 14th 2009, 23:40

      He didn't address the issue of Christopher Lee.

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    • Ali1748

      Dec 14th 2009, 23:41

      Ronnie - I hope to see some of Guillermo's regulars in The Hobbit like Luke Goss,Doug Jones and Ron Perlman.

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    • AndyHouse

      Dec 15th 2009, 20:59

      A brilliant choice of director. I think this is my most anticipated film. Tolkein and Del Toro is a dream combination for me, although DT's quirkiness may upset the purists. Yes Ali - it would be great to see Perlman especially - he has that Middle Earth face..

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