Guillermo del Toro Talks ‘Hobbit’ Monsters [Updated]

Published 5 years ago by , Updated November 10th, 2009 at 3:01 pm,
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[Update: Word is that del Toro himself will be playing a creature in the film!]

Guillermo del Toro (director of Hellboy and Blade II) dished to Total Film in a 10-page Q&A about his forthcoming movie adapted from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.  For those of you who somehow missed the phenomenon of Peter Jackson’s Lord of The Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit is a prequel to The Fellowship of the Ring (aka the first movie in LOTR), also written by Tolkien.  There’s been some excitement around the question of what del Toro will do with the monsters in The Hobbit and he had this to say about the most anticipated beast in the bunch, Smaug, the dragon who sleeps on the vast treasure sought after by the film’s lead, Bilbo Baggins:

“I think one of the designs I’m the proudest of is Smaug. Obviously he took the longest. Early in production I came up with a very strong idea that would separate Smaug from every other dragon ever made. The problem was implementing that idea. But I think we’ve nailed it.”

Wow.  Maybe he decided to film a real dragon.  Who knows?  He had this to say about other creatures in the film, specifically the Wargs, a species of wolf-monsters in Tolkien’s universe:

“In The Hobbit, the creatures speak: Smaug has beautiful lines of dialogue…many creatures do. So we had to design them with a different approach because you are not just designing things that are scary. I also wanted some of the monsters in The Hobbit to be majestic. I wanted the Wargs to have a certain beauty so that you don’t have a massively clear definition: what is beautiful is good and what is ugly is not. Some of the monsters are absolutely gorgeous.”

CLICK HERE for the entire interview (which goes into great detail and gives you a sense of the epic amount of work that a small army of design and production people have undertaken for this film).  Or GO HERE for some Hobbit-related tidbits from Ian McKellan, who’ll be reprising his LOTR role of Gandalf.

The Hobbit follows Bilbo Baggins as he joins a band of dwarves hoping to retake a mountain that was once theirs and whose treasure is now guarded by the aforementioned dragon, Smaug.  On the way, the group encounters all sorts of creatures looking to help or eat them.  I’ll avoid going into further details so as not to SPOIL anything.  While this description sounds a lot like another LOTR flick, del Toro stated the following about The Hobbit‘s likeness to the previous films:

“All I can say is that we have an incredibly good team of people who know we are not making another Rings. We are not trying to make a quadrilogy, or a pentilogy. We’re tying to make two films that flow with those but that stand on their own completely.”

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Update: del Toro left messages on the boards over at The One Ring Forums, letting fans know about the designs for the creature he himself will be playing in The Hobbit:

“I had a hand on the design of the creature and I will personally sculpt the appliances that will be applied on my face and hands. I used to sculpt the creatures for NECROPIA (my FX company) and I miss it a bit. I will have a line or two and die quickly.”

No word yet on what creature del Toro is playing – but don’t let that fact stop you guys from engaging in some wild speculation. It’s all in good fun.

Guillermo del Toro co-wrote the two-part script for The Hobbit (with help from Peter Jackson)and will direct both installments as well.   He worked as a special makeup effects artist on Bandidos and a handful of other films, and I can’t imagine that’ll hurt the The Hobbit one bit.  So, are you looking forward to a new take on Tolkien’s writing, or do you think LOTR was the type of thing that should be closely emulated?

The Hobbit will venture into theaters seeking our gold sometime in 2011.

Source: First Showing, Total Film

Update Source: The One Ring Forums via SlashFilm

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  1. These creatures look awesome! I don’t know if they can top the creatures from Lord of the Rings but if they even come close it will be great!

  2. I’m getting pretty excited about this movie. Del Torro has nailed everything so far in my opinion. We need a good fairy tale movie like the 1st Lord of the Rings

  3. yes this is my most anticapted movie for sure. TLOTR was the best movies ever made by far so epic and well acted every was flawless in those movies. never been enthrolled in a movie universe in my life. is there any other books JRR tolkein wrote that are like this?

  4. @KantStandYa

    Practically everything Tolkien ever wrote is in the LOTR universe. He was writing Middle Earth since WWI, 40-50 years before Rings was published. Definitely check out The Silmarillion.

    For the creature designs, they’d better have something fantastic for Smaug, and it sounds like they do. As for Wargs, I hope they don’t deviate too much from the Rings’ designs, and those Trolls better look just like the stone ones we see in Fellowship.

  5. Can’t wait.

  6. Massively looking forward to this, after the disappointment of Return Of The King, this should be excellent. With such an amazing director at the helm, this could be even more special than LOTR, if it takes it back to the roots of Fellowship.

  7. Can’t think of any movies that I will ever be this pumped for ever again.

  8. Unless of course someone can figure out how to shoot the Similarion, which I doubt is even possible.

  9. @CplHicks

    People used to say LOTR was unfilmable, and Watchmen, so I kinda think it could be made, it just needs someone to thin through the mammoth text and get to the bare bones of the story. It would take a more adult director to bring the darkness of the story to the big screen, but it can be done, as one intense fantasy movie.

  10. As long as del Toro doesn’t make a 3rd version of that weird eye creature that was in both Hellboy II and Pan’s Labyrinth. Thing is ridiculous..

    I agree with Josh Rose, hopefully he doesn’t deviate too much from what Jackson has already successfully created.

    Bane

  11. I hope that del Toro is using Tolkien’s sources as well like Jackson obviously did for the movies. Smaug should be a representation between the dragon form Beowulf (the epic, not the movie) and Fafnir from Saga of the Vulsungs. That basically means that the art of the dragon should capture a Scandinavian/Finnish style.

  12. Oh yeah, as for the Silmarillion, unless you are the biggest fan of LotR in the world, don’t even attempt it. I’m taking a class on Tolkien, and the professor couldn’t stand it. It is one giant free write basically. Tolkien’s mind was everywhere and the Silmarillion is basically a compilation of his notes.

  13. i LOVE guillermo's monsters/creations, whatever u want to call them and i look so so so foward to seeing this movie!!!!

  14. i LOVE guillermo's monsters/creations, whatever u want to call them and i look so so so foward to seeing this movie!!!!

  15. 'The Hobbit' isn't a prequel, 'LOTR' is a sequel. BIG DIFFERENCE. 'The Hobbit' was written 20 years earlier.

  16. 'The Hobbit' isn't a prequel, 'LOTR' is a sequel. BIG DIFFERENCE. 'The Hobbit' was written 20 years earlier.