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.
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Now, I personally dislike the Spider-Man movies but in no way do I dislike Sam Raimi. If you’ve ever watched the cinematic masterpiece that is Evil Dead II (and perhaps Army of Darkness), you’ll know what I’m talking about. Well, Sam may have hit the big league and gotten lots of money and all, but news just in that he’s going for a good old low-budget horror movie, titled Drag Me to Hell, as Variety informs us.
Supposedly, DMtH will be about a guy with a supernatural curse and his issues with morality. I don’t know what he means by that, but as long as it’s a comedy-horror, splatter movie, I’m a happy boy. Rob Tapert says about the movie, “Sam calls it a ’spook-a-blast,’ a wild ride with all the chills and spills that ‘Evil Dead’ delivered, without relying on the excessive violence of that film.” While I’m only a little bit disheartened at the low violence part, the rest seems perfectly cool to me.
What’s more, there is a remake of Evil Dead in the works. I can bet you as much as you like that it won’t hold up, but what the hell (pun not intended).
Variety goes on to state that Sam may then jump right back up to direct the Hobbit (something I’m dying to see), since Peter Jackson quit.
This is really interesting stuff. Is the blood-filled, non-Japanese, splatter-based Horror genre in for a reincarnation, now that Bruce Campbell is also making a comedy along the same lines?