Del Toro Right Choice for Hobbit
Award Winning Director Guillermo del Toro and Kiwi Director Peter Jackson are being roundly praised as they embark on a remarkable story telling adventure with not only the The Hobbit, the fourth in the series of Lord of the Rings series, but a production which will deal with the 59-year period between â€œThe Hobbitâ€ and â€œThe Fellowship of the Ring,â€ the first of the â€œLord of the Ringsâ€ trilogy.
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Spider-Man director Raimi told Empire magazine: “I thought that The Hobbit was just a fantastic icon of fantasy literature. I love that book and I’m a giant fan of the Lord of the Rings movies.
The Hobbit itself follows the quest of hobbit Bilbo Baggins to win his share of the treasure guarded by the dragon Smaug. Bilbo returns from that quest in year 2942 of the Third Age, and leaves the Shire in 3001 after passing on to Frodo the ring he had obtained in 2941. It’s his leaving The Shire that is the start of The Fellowship of the Ring movie, the first of the trilogy helmed by Peter Jackson.
Del Toro moved New Zealand for four years to work with Jackson and his Wingnut and WETA production teams. He will helm the two films back to back â€“ telling the story of â€œThe Hobbit,â€
New Line is overseeing development and will manage the production. â€œThe Hobbitâ€ and its sequel are being co-produced and co-financed by New Line Cinema and MGM, with Warner Brothers distributing domestically and MGM distributing internationally. Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh are executive producing the films.
The OscarÂ®-winning, critically acclaimed â€œThe Lord of the Ringsâ€ trilogy grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide at the box office. In 2003, â€œThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the Kingâ€ swept the Academy AwardsÂ®, winning all of the 11 categories in which it was nominated, including Best Picture â€“ the first ever Best Picture win for a fantasy film. The trilogyâ€™s production was also unprecedented at the time.
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