Guillermo del Toro Will Direct the Hobbit and its Sequel

The trades reported that Guillermo del Toro was in talks with New Line Cinema to replace Peter Jackson on the live-action “The Hobbit” movies (yes, two movies, to be shot back-to-back) in January, but we haven’t heard anything concrete since. For a while there, it didn’t seem like it would happen, mostly because, from interviews he’s done, del Toro didn’t seem to think it would happen. But now it’s official, and fanboys everywhere can rejoice: New Line Cinema has just announced that Guillermo del Toro, currently making the rounds to promote his “Hellboy 2” at fanboy conventions everywhere, WILL, in fact, direct not only “The Hobbit”, but also its sequel.

The AP has the good news:

New Line Cinema announced Thursday that the 43-year-old filmmaker, who wrote and directed “Pan’s Labyrinth,” will move to New Zealand for four years to work with executive producer Peter Jackson and his production teams.

Del Toro will direct the two films back-to-back. The first tells the story of how Bilbo Baggins came to possess the Ring of Doom, while the second will center on the time between it and “The Fellowship of the Ring.”

So what does this mean? Two things: the “Hobbit” movies will take four years to make, and will be released back-to-back ala the “Lord of the Rings” films, and “Hellboy 3” is gonna be a long time coming, if it comes at all.

But hey, the big news is that Guillermo del Toro is directing “The Hobbit”. If it wasn’t Peter Jackson, or Sam Raimi, wasn’t del Toro the guy we all wanted? Who says movie studios don’t listen to the fans?

Guillermo del Toro to direct The Hobbit