On Tuesday, Guillermo Del Toro spoke with MTV News and revealed a little bit about the current status of The Hobbit films and what stories they may encompass.
In discussing the writing process, Del Toro explained that the four writers (including himself) occasionally meet or video-conference for days at a time, then each writer is given a large section to write. They then trade what each has been working on and give input on each other's work. I imagine that must get messy if each person has a different writing style or a conflicting image of how the screenplay should play out.
Next, Del Toro discussed how the two films will work together and he emphasizes the point that him and the creative team behind the script-writing process (including Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens) have decided that it's not two movies, it's one large story separated into volumes. With that in mind, they are able to better picture the story as one big well-flowing adventure.
“We don’t even call it the bridge movie, we just call it ‘The Movie.’ And this is great. When we found what reverberated, and we found it in one of our virtual meetings - we understood. It’s a movie.”
Originally, the plan involved Del Toro working on the second film with Jackson and friends focusing on the first. With the new process, they all work together on each movie. This may slow the overall script-writing process a little, but it will certainly help fine-tune the story and make it flow better.
“We all agree that if we do our job right, it should all feel like a continuous journey. That’s what we’re striving for....You should see a movie that’s five pictures long. If we do our job right, you put in ‘The Hobbit’ and you wind up watching the entire Pentology!”
The most interesting bit of information is in regards to how the novel will be separated amongst the two films. Guillermo revealed that in the first film, Smaug dies and that we could all draw our own conclusions from that. In the book, there are 19 chapters and that occurs in the 14th. Assuming that the first episode will end at that event, that leaves only a few chapters left for the second film and plenty of screentime devoted to setting up the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Lastly, Del Toro said that the writing is going very well so far and if things stay on course, the entire script for The Hobbit will be done by the end of the year where they will then move on to the budgeting process.
I can't wait for these films to come out. In fact, I can't even wait just for casting announcements, let alone the first teaser to come out! I hope so much to see the second film include characters (and the actors) from Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Although there have been no confirmations as of yet, it's widely believed that Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis are up for returning to their roles - this is absolutely necessary in my opinion. In addition to this, a few weeks ago Viggo Mortensen revealed that he'd not been contacted yet but it seems he'd be up for returning as Aragorn, given the chance. That's another must for me.
Can you just imagine a scene with Sean Bean in full Boromir costume being sent from Gondor to the Council of Elrond to ask for support for Minas Tirith?! I'm sold. I wonder what the chances of that scene actually happening are, heh.
How excited are you for The Hobbit? What and more importantly, who do you want to see making return appearances in the second Hobbit film?
The first of The Hobbit films is due out in December, 2011 and the second in December, 2012.