Thursday, April 24, 2008

In a hole in the ground...

And with those words, Bilbo Baggins took off on an adventure with 13 dwarves and a wizard to reclaim the ancient treasure guarded by the dragon Smaug.

It was announced today that Guillermo del Toro will direct the two films based on JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit. If you did not catch Hellboy a few years back, the sequel will be in theaters this summer. Also, Pan's Labyrinth is quite good.

Nearly ten years ago, I was very worried about Lord of the Rings being filmed by Peter Jackson. I had only seen one of his films (Braindead). As it turns out, he was a bigger fan of the material than I was, and I have no doubt in my mind that Hollywood could never have produced such a fine version. So, I am trusting in the Eldar that del Toro will do a fine job.


Steve said...

Looking forward to seeing the Hobbit. Two movies, eh? Looking back, I wish Lucas would have taken a page from Jackson and stretch out the last Star Wars movie to do it some justice, you know?

Paul said...

Hey Chuck, thanks for the news! The Hobbit is definitely my favorite book of Tolkien's that I have read so far and am excited to hear a movie is in the works.

Any word on an expected release date?