I have posted a lot of things about The Hobbit recently, and Guillermo Del Toro’s name has been in 99% of it. The ‘nearly Hobbit director’ spoke to Empire about:
His status on the film:
“I wish it was definite, but it isn’t,” he told us. “It’s still in talks, there are still a lot of ‘T’s to cross and ‘I’s to dot. It’s certainly not certain yet…But, as far as I’m concerned, [if it was definite] I would be packed in ten seconds”.
The recent lawsuit that could mean that New Line have their rights to The Hobbit terminated:
“I heard that, but I’m quite zen about those things,” Del Toro continued. “Since that news broke, I have not exchanged a single phone call with my lawyer or my manager or anyone. They talk about it and I have received some emails, but, as far as I’m concerned, until I’m on board I should not worry about it. I read about it, but there’s nothing I can do about it. This week seems to be the lawsuit week in Hollywood”.
Would he bring back the Middle Earth cast?
“Yeah, absolutely. I’ve been pretty much incredibly open about the things that I love and don’t love in the past. I’ve turned down huge franchises in the past because there are parts of that world I don’t gel with. The reason I took Blade 2 is because I love the characters that Stephen Norrington created and the actors he used. That times ten is the reason why I’m interested in The Hobbit”
He was right about the lawsuit week in Hollywood, there seems to be a new one every day! I just want them to hurry the hell up and sign the contract so that he is director and they can get on with it. New Line wont have them rights forever!