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.