TotalFilm interviews Guillermo del Toro about his upcoming adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit:
Presumably it will also be a bit more magical? Have a stronger fairytale vibe?
It is in many ways just what you enjoy in the book. You enjoy an almost chamber piece, like when the stone trolls talk about cooking the dwarves.
It’s such a small piece but at the same time it’s magical and it’s almost a comedy, that you have these enormous creatures talking about cooking these dwarves!
It wouldn’t be a Guillermo del Toro movie unless it possessed a poetic quality, surely?
There is a lot of magic in the film. Peter has the eye of a strong historian, in the sense that the trilogy is incredibly accurate to a world that was created. He’s like an archaeologist who’s digging something that existed. I think that The Hobbit has a little bit more poetic licence.
It has… How can I say it? It has a little bit more flamboyance.
There are directors that I trust so completely as Guillermo del Toro, and this interview does nothing to change that opinion.
The Hobbit will be released as two movies in December 2011 and December 2012.