Guillermo del Toro Briefly Talks More About The Hobbit Split
The big man himself, Guillermo del Toro, recently stopped by Los Angeles to sign copies of his new vampire novel The Strain (I was in attendance myself). While talking to press, the topic obviously drifted to The Hobbit, and Guillermo gave the inevitable "not much has changed" update that is only worth mentioning for those anxiously awaiting every last detail? The two biggest updates both come from MTV. The last update we received was over a month ago and in it, del Toro announced that they would split the book into two films (instead of cramming it all into one). Guillermo talks briefly about that decision.
"I'm doing only two movies because I felt that that was the best way to service the book," del Toro told MTV. "I'm not saying the other notion was not discussed. We discussed it a large degree. But I felt that for me, the two films were the way to go." That decision to split the book came mainly from how long the book was and the "White Council or the Dol Guldur additions." New Line hasn't confirmed that the "bridge" movie between Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, that was originally planned at the start, will still be made to complete a trilogy, but MTV is claiming that del Toro said he won't be directing it if it does get made.
As for where the split between the two movies will be, del Toro says it should be obvious to fans. "There is only one place to break it really… And everybody knows it." He adds: "What we're doing is because we have the relationship between Bilbo and Thorin and all the dwarves, there is a logical place for that relationship. There is a moment in the book where something is accomplished that allows us to say, 'Okay, on to the next one after this.'" And as for casting on Bilbo Baggins? "I believe we're very close now to saying one name," he revealed, hinting that we might know more in a couple of weeks. We're keeping our fingers crossed!