In an exclusive interview with TheOneRing.net, director Guillermo del Toro talks about his plans for the upcoming film version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”.
Prep on “The Hobbit” will kick off this Summer, including the ‘reforestation’ of The Shire sets to look as much like they did in ‘Rings’ as possible.
He’s already been in contact with the likes of Andy Serkis, Sir Ian McKellen, Howard Shore, John Howe, Gino Acevedo, and Richard Taylor in regards to the film to “ensure that whatever we do we keep continuity with the other films”.
del Toro proudly says that he’ll use as much practical filming as possible – “I would like to avoid is the recreation of the natural environments in CG, I don’t like doing that. The movie is essentially a journey movie, I think you need to use locations as much as possible.”
He’s also very vehement about the second film, which details events between “The Hobbit” and “The Fellowship of the Ring”, will not be an opportunistic grab – “This second film is not a ‘tag on’, it’s not ‘filler’, it’s an integral part of telling the story of those 50 years of history lost in the narrative. There will be certain things that we will see from the first movie but from a different point of view, but it will feel like a volume, in the five volumes of the entire story.”
For the full interview, click here.