Guillermo on Hobbit 3D Rumors, His DP Choice, and Avatar
Remember that rumor from a few weeks ago that The Hobbit might end up being shot in 3D? Yea, it's not true. That's why it was a rumor - it was a bit hard to believe. Our friends at TheOneRing.net put in an e-mail with the big man himself, Guillermo del Toro, and got confirmation that they are not pursuing 3D on The Hobbit. After getting that out of the way, GdT did also confirm that they're hiring Oscar winner Guillermo Navarro (of Pan's Labyrinth, Night at the Museum, Hellboy II) as the Director of Photography of Hobbit. He also drops a juicy tidbit about James Cameron's Avatar, to keep news on that going this week as well.
Most of these updates and quotes come from the actual forums on TORN where Guillermo posts regularly. Here's his statements on the 3D rumors, which put any speculation to rest (at least until Avatar opens).
As a co-writer and director of this film (who works with the design teams, costume teams, creature teams, VFX teams every day of the week), let me be very clear one more time: we are not talking about 3D, we are NOT writing the screenplay for 3D right now- we are hiring my DoP Guillermo Navarro to shoot the film and we are not discussing 3D with him either or with WETA digital or WB or anyone else.
That should be a little less sidestepping, I hope. If after AVATAR the market may change and demands are put upon us, etc that is in the future. But if such things happen and we start discussing 3D down the line, I'll let it be know here at TORN because that's the proper way of doing things. But make no mistake- I've been living in NZ for almost a year now and we have not been discussing 3D.
When we do, I'll make sure your source finds out. Thank You, Guillermo.
And speaking of Avatar, since that is almost always a controversial topic nowadays, Guillermo also briefly mentions that movie as well in response to MarketSaw's claims. Avatar is currently being finished at Weta Digital in New Zealand, which is the same company that will eventually work on The Hobbit. His responses stem from the earlier discussions on the TORN forums about 3D and if it's really the future of movies.
I believe Jim [Dorey of MarketSaw] is defending what he believes to be true. He is a knowledgeable, passionate film-lover and perhaps his source in this case is also someone that would love to see the HOBBIT films happen in 3D. Perhaps so-
Jim has been right in the past and he may be right in the future. He is dead-on about the imminent conversion of film into an expanding 3-D field - at least in most blockbusters and I know of, at least, 4 or 5 major filmmakers preparing 3D films right now. Some of them seriously artistic and ungimmicky!!
I've seen AVATAR and I was absolutely blown away by it!! I myself expect to explore 3D soon enough- it is the future, just not my immediate future. I promise to you guys and Jim to let you know if anything changes in that or any regard…
And no- neither David Tennant nor Tom Cruise are Bilbo and we are not redesigning Gollum. My best wishes to all- GDT.
So there you have it! Not only does GdT confirm that the 3D rumors and those Tom Cruise rumors (read about them here) are a bunch of BS (for the time being), but he goes on to praise Avatar in a big way. I'm sure a handful of commenters will say "of course, he's working with Weta, he has to say that," but come on, give Avatar a chance! If almost every filmmaker out there has said its blown them away, why would they all be lying? I'll admit that teaser trailer wasn't the greatest, but it still might blow everyone away once it opens in December. At least just wait until you see the entire thing in IMAX 3D, as it was designed to be seen.
But let's keep our focus on The Hobbit and Guillermo del Toro, since that's what this update is about today. We still have three years to go, but it's starting to get exciting. I can't wait to find out who he cast as Bilbo!