Sunday Discussion: What Should Guillermo del Toro Direct Next?
by Alex Billington
April 20, 2008
Sorry for the delay in getting this up today, as I was traveling all day trying to get home from my trip to both Los Angeles for Speed Racer and New York for the Comic Con out there. Speaking of the NYCC, I must say, I love Guillermo del Toro more than just about any other director. Not only is he a brilliant filmmaker, but he's the funniest guy to hear speak live. He's got so many great ideas and has one hell of a mouth. Not only did he speak about Hellboy II extensively this weekend, but del Toro also introduced yet another new project called Saturn and the End of Days. While we wait a few more months until Hellboy II hits theaters in July, I thought it would be a good time to ask - out of all of del Toro's projects coming up, what do you want to see him direct next?
Here's a quick overview of what Guillermo apparently has on his plate, rumored or otherwise. First up, The Hobbit, which will be officially announced by the end of this week. He's officially attached to H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness, Champions, and 3993. We also can't forget Hellboy III, which he will do if the second one performs well this summer. And also rumored are Frankenstein, a B.P.R.D. spin-off, an adaptation of Dr. Strange, and even a movie based off of BioShock. Lastly, we can now add Saturn and the End of Days on here as well, a movie about a kid named Saturn who is watching the end of the world while walking back and forth from the supermarket. Damn! Guillermo del Toro has more projects in development than even Martin Scorsese!
Now that you know what's at stake, what do you want to see Guillermo del Toro do next? My own choice would honestly be The Hobbit. I'm a huge Lord of the Rings fan (just look at my all-time top 10 favorites), and I've been waiting to see The Hobbit more than anything. Guillermo already fulfilled my dream of making Hellboy II, so I don't need to "beg" him to do that next. I'm guessing after I see Hellboy II, though, I'll probably want Hellboy III more than anything. Lastly, Saturn and the End of Days sounds great, but Guillermo said he would do it if he had nothing on the slate, because he can finance it entirely on his own. And BioShock sounds like a perfect fit for him, too, but that wouldn't be for a long, long time. This really is a tough choice - but I'll have to stick with my gut and still say The Hobbit.
Guillermo's mainstream acceptance seemed to blossom with Pan's Labyrinth. Before that, the first Hellboy wasn't too well-liked and most hated Blade II, thus he wasn't that well known. His earlier films, The Devil's Backbone and Chronos, are also great but hardly ever seen. Now it seems like Guillermo is set to blow up huge in mainstream Hollywood and possibly even gain name recognition on the level of Steven Spielberg or James Cameron. Let's hear it - what do you want to see Guillermo del Toro direct?