Director Guillermo Del Toro, who is slated to head production for the film The Hobbit
, is all praises for his latest project’s writing team. “I don't know if I'm Ringo or John or what, but we're all jamming at the same time,” he said, describing his working relationship with his co-writers—Peter Jackson, who directed the preceding The Lord of the Rings
series, and screenwriters Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.
“First thing is, sometimes we get all together in the same space or we all are in video conferencing,” Del Toro described. “And those are sessions that can last two, three days. But after that, it's almost like we take turns to a degree—or we each get big, big homework to do and then we come back. And then we exchange that homework and then we have input from that.”
Despite the fact that not all of the writers get to meet personally, Del Toro is amazed at how their brainstorming have gone through. “Things happen almost magically, with pure synchronicity,” he enthused. “It's like, things that I'm thinking about, I get an e-mail … or I get Philippa, for example, to answer that.”
Del Toro also added that they intend to write the film as a single narrative, albeit possibly split into multiple parts like The Lord of the Rings
. “The reality is that we stopped talking the first movie and second movie, and we just started taking about the movie—the two episodes, or two parts, as if they were a single piece of narrative,” he said. “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.”
Del Toro hopes that the overall script for The Hobbit
will be finished by the beginning of next year, with the first movie to be released in 2011.
-Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: MTV News
(Image courtesy of Los Angeles Times)