The Hobbit director Guillermo Del Toro recently spoke to BilboHobbit.com and revealed some info about the creative team, the creatures and filming.
Q:There any professionals who worked with you on Hellboy II that will be joining you on the Hobbit?
A:Hopefully Mignola, Barlowe, Spectral Motion, Guillermo Navarro and others…
Q:Will there be any cool creatures in Hobbit like Hellboy 2?
A:many many more and we will be pushing the goblin kindgom. we will be pushing smaug, the spiders of mirkwood. we will be pushing them to the edge of technology where we will fuse animatronics and cgi into a seamless new art form in creating creatures, i think.
Q:When does filming for The Hobbit begin?
A:it will begin in 2010 and we will shoot for about 370 days or so…
To put that into perspective, the Lord of the Rings trilogy took 274 days to film in total (not including pick-up shots over the course of 2001 to 2004). I just hope the cast have been informed of this so that the can clear their schedules for the majority of 2010.
The first Hobbit movie will be released in December 2011, and the second film will be released the following December in 2012.