Guillermo del Toro Chats Frankenstein and The Hobbit
I just love listening to Guillermo del Toro talk. He's a bigger geek than anyone out there and loves movies more than anything. And the stuff he says is sometimes hilarious. One of the best experiences of my life was sitting in a a room at the San Diego Comic-Con listening to him speak (and answer questions) for an hour about Pan's Labyrinth. MTV has a video interview with Guillermo and its a quick and fun watch that I'd encourage all of you to watch below. In it, Guillermo chats about Frankenstein, The Hobbit, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Back in October we reported that now that Hellboy II: The Golden Army is situated at Universal Pictures, Guillermo was interested in reviving a number of the classic Universal monsters. The one he has his sights on the most is Frankenstein. In a separate update, Guillermo said he would "would kill to do" that movie and thus was questioned by MTV. His response is quite optimistic, considering he's actually doing sketches and pre-production work on it without officially being signed on (as far as we know).
Del Toro, who told MTV News that he's "always been" interested in directing a version of "Frankenstein," said he's hard at work in pre-production, crafting drawings which he hopes to use as a basis for the world of the film. "I started doing some notes before the strike," he revealed. "[During the strike] I can only draw now."
"The only way to do the Shelley novel is to actually do a four-hour miniseries," he said. "But I think there permutations in which you can tell the myth in a different way."
And here's where his inner geek comes out and he jokes about his own appearance in the movie.
"I will appear shirtless for most of the length of the film," he teased of his upcoming reinterpretation of the classic story. "You will be amazed at my chocolate bar physique!"
Unfortunately Guillermo doesn't say anything new about The Hobbit, besides that there are "rumblings" but he really hasn't been confronted yet. And the same with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as Guillermo is one of the few who "everyone" wants to direct that film, too (refer to this article). He says he was very moved by the ending of the last book and that he would certainly be interested in directing it if they ask him.
Watch the full video interview here - I'm sure you'll chuckle a few times:
If anyone can do justice to both The Hobbit and Harry Potter, it's Del Torro. it just seems as though he gets better with every movie he directs. I'd love to see him direct both The Hobbit and Harry Potter but that's simply not realistic. having to choose between either, I'd hope for The Hobbit even though the HP franchise is in more dire straights. the HP movies, with the exception of the first, have become largely forgettable and insignificant regardless of the box office it continues to make. and WB is running out of books with only two left. oh well, who's watching the playoffs this weekend?! http://www.flickr.com/photos/7118802@N05/
carg0 on Jan 3, 2008
just watched pans lab for the first time with no hype!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! outstanding!!!! hope you doget the hobbit it is my fav book!!
al on Jan 30, 2008
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