ABC (Oz) – Del Toro in talks to direct The Hobbit

Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro is in talks to direct two films based on JRR Tolkien’s fantasy novel The Hobbit, entertainment press reports.

Del Toro – best known for his Oscar-winning 2006 drama Pan’s Labyrinth – is on a short-list of film-makers deemed capable of adapting Tolkien’s story for the big screen, the Hollywood Reporter said without indicating its sources.

The film of The Hobbit will be one of the most eagerly anticipated films in years following New Zealand director Peter Jackson’s three phenomenally successful Lord of the Rings movies.

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(Previous Hobbit news here)