Guillermo del Toro Hopes for the Hobbit

Mexican born director Guillermo del Toro, the genius behind the Hellboy franchise, and front runner to direct any Lord of the Rings prequels, has spoken out about his desire to film the Hobbit.
Speaking to Lord of the Rings fansite, del Toro was upfront about the lack of movement; “At this stage anything I say is of no consequence for I am not yet signed to do The Hobbit. Negotiations advance but are still ongoing."

That being said, del Toro is feverishly reading through as much of Tolkien’s work as he can lay his hands on. “All I can say is that I am diligently going through all Tolkien material related to Middle-earth but only as a way of bridging a gap in my reading. I still respond the strongest to The Hobbit, but as an avid reader of Mythology I find a lot of his other writings fascinating. A perfect Cosmology forged from very eclectic sources,” he said.

The self confessed bibliophile is loving the study of Tolkien’s created mythology. It fits right in with his passion for the written word. “I bought my first book at age 4 and my last one, last week an original pamphlet edition of Calmet’s (Augustine Calmet) dissertation on Ghosts and vampires from the 18th century.”

So whether we see the movie anytime soon or not is up to those in charge. All we can hope is that del Toro does get the job and that he gets it soon.
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