The Hobbit movies now officially have a director and the choice couldn’t have been more perfect: Guillermo del Toro. I can’t wait to see what he does with the series. His previous movies have shown a perfect combination of whimsy and psychosis and modeling The Hobbit in his trademark style could make it something truly disturbing (and awesome). I look forward to a very disturbing portrayal of Gollum.
Update from Mike:
I’m pretty excited. I love the practical effects from Hellboy from the Hand of Doom design, the Samaritans and especially the work done on Kroenen. I don’t know how much input del Toro had with the prop design but the thought of Jackson, del Toro, and Weta putting their heads together is a pleasing image. The Balrog was amazing, I will have dreams of Smaug until the movie(s) are released (and will do my best to ignore any pre-release leaks/design shots).
Thoughts on who might play a young Bilbo? I love Ian Holm’s performance from LotR; hopefully they’ll get someone of his caliber.
Some del Toro links:
Aintitcool post on the announcment.
Solid del Toro fansite with pre-official annoucement coverage.