Director Guillermo del Toro, recently hosted an online chat where he discussed some of the details for his upcoming project, The Hobbit. Courtesy of BilboHobbit.com, we learned some valuable information regarding the future film shoot, and the Hobbit, Hellboy connection.
The interview after the jump.
Q: WHEN DOES FILMING FOR THE HOBBIT BEGIN?
A: It will begin in 2010 and we will shoot for about 370 days or so…
Q: How long did it take to create the script for this movie?
A: For the record- neither Peter Jackson nor I had the faintest contact about the HOBBIT movies prior to the absolute completion of HELLBOY II. I got Peter’s first call in December 2007- way after we wrapped the film. So, the visuals in the HOBBIT movie are not anticipated in the HBII movie.
Q: WILL THERE BE ANY COOL CREATURES IN HOBBIT LIKE HELLBOY2?
A: Many many more and we will be pushing the goblin kindgom. we will be pushing smaug, the spiders of mirkwood. we will be pushing them to the edge of technology where we will fuse animatronics and CGI into a seamless new art form in creating creatures, I think.
Q: Universal announced a pretty busy slate for you after “The Hobbit.” Will we see a Hellboy 3?
A: If its up to me- yes!! But it is a corporate decision and regimes change very rapidly at these studios.
Q: Who are your top choices to play Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming Hobbit Movies?
A :Hopefully, very soon we can reveal that-
I see they tried to get some casting info out of him to no avail. One day it will get leaked, one day.