TheOneRing.net reported here at the end of January that Guillermo del Toro was 99 percent sure to direct “The Hobbit”. Since then the Tolkien Estate filed a lawsuit against New Line Cinema (a copy of which can be found here) and the movie studio has been folded up and put in the pocket of its owner Warner Bros. and its bigger parent Time Warner Inc.
After all the speculation and angst, the director of two “Hellboy” films (the second set for a July 11 release) still seems to be the top choice for director and despite the legal uncertainty, the quiet movements by the key players seem to suggest the film will still be made and sooner rather than later. So in this season of waiting, TORn was finally able to contact the fan-friendly director.
The Mexican born director is busy however researching not only the Hobbit but the greater J.R.R. Tolkien library.
He described himself as a bibliophile and his study of Tolkien’s mythology fits in with his passion for myth.
The director embraces Internet communities and has his own fan site at www.Deltorofilms.com where he participates and corresponds with fans.