Jun 1 2010, 10:19am
PJ and another.
I looked back through some posts from the end of 2007- beginning of 2008, when nothing much was happening. PJ had just settled out of court with Saul Zantz, New Line was still in form and independent, Sam Ramii had been mentioned, The Hobbit was speculated as being 2 films, Boyrs Kit from the Hollywood Reprter had just filed a report that said
" - Guillermo del Toro is in talks to direct back-to-back installments of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," which is being co-financed by New Line and MGM."
.. we were just about to receive news that Howard Shore was on board ....
and tORN took a Poll on who they thought would be the best Director for the Hobbit:
These were the results of other suggestions to direct the Hobbit .... From the home page of TORN ... just to keep the thread moving ...)
- Fran Walsh
(35%, 2375 Votes)
- Guillermo del Toro
(34%, 2316 Votes)
- Steven Spielberg
(21%, 1413 Votes)
- Sam Raimi
(21%, 1395 Votes)
- Alfonso Cuaron
(19%, 1268 Votes)
- Sean Astin
(19%, 1250 Votes)
- Terry Gilliam
(9%, 636 Votes)
- Peter Weir
(7%, 451 Votes)
- Robert Zemeckis
(6%, 404 Votes)
- Andrew Adamson
(4%, 270 Votes)
- Joel and Ethan Coen
(3%, 225 Votes)
- Michael Bay
(3%, 205 Votes)
- Wachowski Team
(3%, 171 Votes)
- Stephen Sommers
(1%, 59 Votes)
- Chris Weitz
(1%, 47 Votes)
- Bill Condon
(0%, 23 Votes)
- Brad Silberling
(0%, 22 Votes)
Total Voters: 6736
.... and I look back then and also see my responses on tORN and to the speculation about the Hobbit films and GdTs involvement, and unfortunately, they turned out to be about 80% true ...
GdT wouldn't be able to make it through to the end due to complications beyond his control ....
At the time, I was so nervous about any Director not making it through the long haul - I posted this response below in Jan 2008 ... this was about if GdT was to become Director - it hadn't been announced. Since that time, there has been so many ups and downs with the film, but I really did want PJ and Fran to Co-Direct the film at first. I'd love to see PJ on board and if he couldn't do it by himself, then for GdT and PJ to do it ... if we only knew what a ride this all was going to be ... and how endeared GdT became to most of us on this project ...
Elven Posted 28th Jan 2008
What do you think about the report ... true or false ... or something in between?
Well, I think we may hear confirmation of a Director.... but, I have some doubts about the longevity of this particular arrangement as see it as more of a temporary placement - and just feel that within the next 8 months these arrangements will change - and they will be necessary unavoidable changes .. I think this decision (if confirmed) doesnt see him there for the duration of the process in that capacity.
Do you think it is for both movies if it be true?
I'd like to think not - but either way, my thoughts are that this wont pan out as expected anyway - so for two movies - no.
What do you think about Del Toro Directing The Hobbit?
My preference is a Jackson/Walsh colaboration - hands down.
and my reason for that is I feel Del Toro will have Too many creative ideas with no where to place or to put them ...Very scattered energies and fractured ideas that dont mesh ... a budget blow-out with the ideas and problems associated with them ...
This (Directing) arrangement may loose its perspective ... less is sometimes more .... not the biggest is the betterest ... the focus gets lost ...
Do you think there is a chance or change - that Peter will direct the Hobbit or the other film?
Yes, I think there will be a change - and unexpected change at that - almost Peter taking the reins by default - though that wouldn't be a bad move closer to the movies becoming a reality, even if they have started filming ... I think it woulld even start with the script ... but Peter steps in to save the day ... we all love a hero who can do that, and he is capable and in the position presently to do that ... but not just yet. I dont think things will go as planned if Del Toro is confirmed as Director.
so right at this moment I see the opportunity come to light ...
by default, Take the Rein Sir PJ - Direct the Hobbitsis for us - please!.