With the types of movies that del Toro makes, in particular Blade II and the two Hellboy movies, you’d think that he’d be very much in favor of the world of video games. And yet that’s not entirely the case:
“Unfortunately, I’ve found in my video game experience that the big companies are just as conservative as the studios. I was disappointed with the first Hellboy game. I’m very impressed with the sandbox of Grand Theft Auto. You can get lost in that world. But we’re using it just to shoot people and run over old ladies. We could be doing so much more…. In the next 10 years, there will be an earthshaking Citizen Kane of games… I’ll be trying to make it. But I won’t be trying until after The Hobbit.”
To borrow a question from the interviewer: Is this another Barrack Obama-type case where del Toro is trying to do everything at once? I mean, I know he’s passionate about making movies, and he certainly has the expertise and skill to make them all quality stuff, but the sheer amount of projects he has lined up is bound to take its toll on anybody.
By the third of fourth project in, will he be so burnt out that he’ll be changing his tune of working pretty much non-stop for 10 years?
Despite this, I still have faith in the man to pull off all he has committed himself to. Like I said, he certainly has the talent as a filmmaker to pull it all off, we’ve seen that with the likes of Pan’s Labyrinth (which, if you haven’t seen already, do so ASAP – it really is that good), Hellboy (not so much with the sequel, although it was still a fun watch) and The Devil’s Backbone.
Not only does he have the task of adapting The Hobbit – the prequel to the mega-success that was the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but he’s making two movies out of it. Most likely they will be shot simultaneously (as all of the Lord of the Rings movies were), but it’s still an extra bit of weight on his shoulders.
That’s on top of the pressure of not disappointing people with what he ultimately makes of The Hobbit book. Much like the stories which it precedes, it’s extremely popular, and people will be scrutinizing every second of the two-part Hobbit’s run-time.
I find what del Toro is saying about entertainment and storytelling interesting. He is sounding more ambitious than pretty much any other director out there, not only talking about his own future stories but the very nature of storytelling and entertainment in general within the next decade. I’m not sure about his comment regarding the PS3, where he basically says that it is the be-all-and-end-all of systems to bring us the ultimate narrative experience, he still seems awfully sure in all of what he’s saying.
How he finds the energy to give answers that are as well thought out, as well as thinking about his sky-high workload, I’ll never know…
What do you make of what del Toro has said in this interview? Are you looking forward to what he has in store for us, particularly the two-part Hobbit movie?
Part 1 and Part 2 of The Hobbit are due out in December 2010 and December 2011, respectively.
Sources: Wired, /Film and Variety