On Thursday Variety seemed to insinuate that Sam Raimi was the frontrunner to direct The Hobbit films, but a new interview at Entertainment Weekly seems to suggest that Guillermo del Toro may not exactly be out of the running. When asked about the feature Del Toro responded, “You know, I think I’ve been abroad too long. I’ve heard some rumblings, but nothing official. I don’t want to think about it because it’s such an eventuality. It’s the only Tolkien book I read. I tried my best to read ‘Lord of the Rings’, the trilogy. I could not. I could not. They were very dense. And then one day, I bought ‘The Hobbit’. I read it and I loved it. So it would be a privilege. But listen, I wish I knew. At this stage, after Hellboy II, I’m unemployed.”
Strangely enough I had the exact same experience with the Tolkien books as Del Toro, I too could not read the “Rings” novels despite loving “The Hobbit”. However, as for his comments, the one thing that sticks out is when he says “because it’s such an eventuality.” This leads me to believe that he knows a little more than he is leading on.
Del Toro seems particularly excited about the prospect of working with Jackson and his clan in New Zealand saying it is “Hollywood the way God intended it… So it’s heaven. The question is: Will I do to heaven?”
Personally I would love to see a Guillermo del Toro, or even an Alfonso Cuaron, directed Hobbit before a Sam Raimi one. Raimi is too cheesy and would most likely add another Saturday Night Live street dancing scene. You think it is impossible? Well it would be just as out of place in The Hobbit as it was in Spider-Man 3 so who’s to say he wouldn’t do it again?