Del Toro confirms Hobbit role

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Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Mexican film-maker Guillermo Del Toro has confirmed he is likely to direct ‘The Hobbit’ and a sequel to be shot in New Zealand – however the deal has yet to be signed off by New Line Cinema and exec producers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh.

Del Toro, best known for the films ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ and ‘Hellboy’, had been rumored since January to be directing the $US150 million film.

“There have been a lot of discussions of cast and crew, agreements on the direction the movies would go, and if and when I come on board,” he said.

“It’s about half a decade of commitment. Its two movies back-to-back that are massive, so a lot has to be sorted out. All I can say is creatively we are all in sync and eager to commit and move forward.”

Del Toro mentioned he would be involved with helping write screenplay in conjunction with Jackson, Walsh and Philippa Boyens who was responsible for ‘The Lord of the Rings’ script.

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Scott Rosenberg is an award winning entertainment journalist covering stories bridging the United States and Asia. He is also managing director of AMW International Co. Ltd., a Bangkok based pr and marketing boutique.

Wearing his journalist cap, he serves as Asian Pacific Bureau Chief of US based Film Journal International and former editor of Monsters and Critics. Formerly Scott was Thailand correspondent for The Hollywood Reporter and Southeast Asian correspondent for Variety.

Scott has served as consultant to many international film festivals, most recently serving as director for the inaugural Phuket Film Festival in Phuket, Thailand in October 2007.

Scott was presented the “Friends of Thailand” Award by the Thai Government in 2002 for his contributions to the Kingdom through his journalistic endeavors while having received from His Majesty Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia, that same year the royal titles Commandeur de l’ordre Royal du Sahametrei and Commandeur de l’ordre Royal du Cambodge.

As a hobby, Scott raises rare breed, pedigree Thai Ridgeback Dogs and “hangs-out” with Thai Elephants in northern Thailand as they paint. Their paintings can be found at www.elephant-paintings.com

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