If that's really the way Del Toro is coming at the film.... oi!
It makes me want to get out my copy of the Nicol Williamson reading
(abridged, alas) of THE HOBBIT. His reading of "Riddles in the Dark"
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Doug Kane" <dougkane@...> wrote:
> It looks like a pretty strong rumor; it is all over the internet.
Of course, we all know how reliable that can be. ;-)
> I have mixed feelings about this, if it is true. On the one hand,
there is no question that Del Toro is a talented, imaginative
filmmaker. However, there are a couple of things that I am concerned
about. First is that before he started being considered for this
job, he expressed a lack of affinity with Tolkien's work, including
the Hobbit. When asked in a Spanish language interview how much he
was influenced by Tolkien, he responded: "Not at all. I could barely
finish "The Hobbit". Curiously, that kind of fantasy never called out
to me. I think that fairy tales are in themselves a different genre.
Heroic fantasy, in general, leaves me cold." Later, once he was in
the running for making the films, he revised these comments to claim
that he loved the Hobbit, but that he found The Lord of the Rings
too "dense". My second fear is that in another interview, he talked
about his desire to expand the environments and creatures of the
universe that Jackson created. I worry that he and Jackson together
will exacerbate each other's worst tendencies, and allow
their "horror film" backgrounds to lead to an emphasis on kewl sets
and creatures, rather than on Bilbo's psychological and moral
development, where it belongs.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: David Bratman
> To: email@example.com
> Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 12:11 PM
> Subject: [mythsoc] Hobbit movie rumors
> Here's the rumor everyone's been waiting to hear, that del Toro
of "Pan's Labyrinth" is to direct the "Hobbit" movie. Still only a
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