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Peter Jackson: snippets of Del Toros’ Hobbit remain

August 24, 2012 at 9:56 pm by linuxelf  - 

Many Ringers have wondered how much of Guillermo Del Toro’s conceptual work and vision we’ll end up seeing in The Hobbit. In a video interview with io9‘s Annalee Newitz, Peter Jackson provides the answer: not much. Del Toro had already invested 18 months in concept designs for the creatures and the world of The Hobbit waiting for movie to be greenlit. But in 2010 he left the project because of the delays, and Jackson eventually took over.

Jackson says: “I looked at his designs and I said: ‘The only person who can make a Guillermo Del Toro movie is Guillermo. It shouldn’t be me. I can’t put my head into somebody else’s idea — I have to generate it from the beginning.’ So really I redesigned the film pretty much. Some of Guillermo’s DNA is in there…”

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Posted in Director news, Director Rumors, Guillermo Del Toro, Hobbit Movie, Peter Jackson, Production, The Hobbit on August 24, 2012 by Source: io9
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6 responses to “Peter Jackson: snippets of Del Toros’ Hobbit remain”

  1. matt says:

    i was afraid of that

  2. I for one am extremely glad that Guillermo stepped away from the film. I have nothing against him personally. I’ve enjoyed the Hellboy films, and Pan’s Labyrinth was cool, but del Toro’s design sensibilities were a total mismatch for The Hobbit and Middle-earth. The gothic horror type of design just didn’t seem right at all for these films. This is the best news since they announced the films in the first place.

  3. That is sad but I can understand where Peter’s coming from. Part of me really wishes Del Toro could have directed these movies, or co-directed. But I hope Peter’s version is good enough to not piss off fans like the LOTR trilogy did. I have a pretty strong feeling these films will stir up as much vitriol as the SW prequels.

  4. Peter says:

    I understand PJ. But it was then for GDT a great waste of time/energy isn’t … 18 months? Is he angry about this? Are you talked about this…still friends?

  5. yaya gal says:

    Thank the gods. From what I read about del Toro’s designs, they sounded hideous and completely un-Tolkien.

  6. WargySF says:

    My initial reaction when Del Toro had been tapped to direct years ago was skepticism. I was firmly in PJ’s camp and wanted him to continue the direction and vision that he had so well executed with LOTR. But then Del Toro gave an interview that I read where he exposited a bit about his own vision. It was about the Wargs in LOTR and the fact that they had resembled hyenas in the films and how dissatisfied he was with that. He said that he had wanted to return them to what he thought was the original Tolkien vision of wolves from Nordic mythology. That was the moment I thought that he would probably be just fine directing. Would love to see what else he had in store for us.

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