Guillermo Del ToroSounds like Guillermo Del Toro being courted for “The Hobbit” may have cast a bit of a cloud on the silver lining of optimism at Universal Studios. Check out this excerpt from a story at

U also was caught off-guard after they aggressively courted Guillermo Del Toro, the filmmaker behind “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Hellboy.” The studio gave him a first-look deal, picked up a sequel to “Hellboy” with a budget of more than $80 million, and even bought the rights to his dream project, the H.P. Lovecraft epic, “At the Mountains of Madness.”

But U brass was stunned to suddenly see Del Toro emerge as the likely director of the next two “Hobbit” movies for New Line and MGM. That would lock him down for four straight years in New Zealand.

Langley acknowledges, “We’re in discussions with how to rectify that with Guillermo.”

Thanks to board member ‘Compa Mighty’ for the scoop. The full article can be found at [Read More]