James Cameron's Advice to Del Toro: 'Get Out' from 'The Hobbit'
I'm trying not to put any spin on this, but I know this is already going to turn into one of those "who does he think he is?" kind of stories. In an interview with Australia's Herald Sun, Avatar director James Cameron talked mostly about his $2 billion box office smash but also touched on his upcoming Guillermo del Toro collaboration of their adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness, talking briefly about his good friend and fellow filmmaker. Interestingly, they feature some quotes from Cameron where he says that he actually told del Toro to "get out" of The Hobbit and "do his [own] thing." Looks like he took his advice.
Although some may disagree with me, I think James Cameron is definitely someone to trust when he gives out advice, just look at how successful his movies have been even when we all thought they wouldn't do well. That said, it's not like Cameron thought The Hobbit was in trouble or anything like that, he just wanted each of the filmmakers to do what they do best own their own. Here are the key Cameron quotes from the article:
"I was telling him for a long time to get out of that thing because there is only room for one captain on the ship," Cameron says. "Instinctively I knew that Peter was going to take over and do the movie. Guillermo, to his credit, didn't listen to me and wanted to do continue and had some great designs - and I have seen all the designs."
"Of course he would have done a spectacular job, but don't we want to see Peter do it? He should do it and Guillermo should do his thing. That's what I told both of them - you should just stay in your corners."
Now, don't think this is just some thing he randomly said once and is being pulled completely out of context. TheOneRing.net pulled some old quotes from Cameron and del Toro over the years that definitely prove the two have been friends and Cameron has seen the designs. Although in an AICN interview, Cameron said "the two [design] styles (Peter Jackson/Weta + del Toro) mix perfectly together." However, Del Toro also said on TORn: "Jim and I have been dear friends for over 17 years now. But that has not prevented us being very critical of each other's work through the years." Interesting to see all these quotes connected together now.
We now know that del Toro's next projects (instead of The Hobbit, per se) are At the Mountains of Madness and writing/producing Disney's The Haunted Mansion reboot (and maybe Paradise Lost?). However, with MGM still stuck in limbo, we're not sure if Peter Jackson will indeed return to direct both Hobbit movies or if they're still considering someone else (since he seemed opposed at first). This is just an interesting story coming out about del Toro's surprise departure from The Hobbit in May. Sadly, it seems like that adaptation is more doomed than any other production. We'll continue to keep you updated on everything. Thoughts?