25 May 2009

Fantasy Maestro

Just came across an interview I'd like to share with you. It's with Mexican movie director Guillermo Del Toro (El Espinazo del Diablo, Cronos, Hellboy I and II, Pan's Labyrinth), Maestro of Fantasy. I enjoyed and was chilled to the bone with his Espinazo del Diablo (set in an orphanage/school towards the end of the Spanish Civil War) and fell in love (and cried my eyes out) with his fairy tale for adults Pan's Labyrinth (set just after the end of the Spanish Civil War). I have yet to see his other films, but these two were so original and captivating that I've got him on my list of "auteurs" to keep an eye out for whenever they've got a new project coming out. And considering one of his future projects is JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit... I'm very impatient!!!

So here it is, he discusses some of his future projects and how he thinks movies will evolve (with a lot more participation by the public):
http://www.wired.com/entertainment/hollywood/magazine/17-06/mf_deltoro?currentPage=1

I just missed a mention of the third "Spanish" movie I had heard once upon a time he was supposed to do (a companion piece to the two mentioned above, sort of a loose trilogy on the effects of the Spanish Civil War). I hope it doesn't get lost in the shuffle of all the "Hollywood" projects! ;o)

3 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, I can't wait for The Hobbit!!!!! You know what? I've never seen any of his movies. I have a long list of "to see" and I will add those to it as well. Reason is the vid store around here is kind of useless...rural living! He has a great sense of showing monsters, but with character....remember when Peter Jackson announced he wouldn't do The Hobbit? Everyone freaked out? Well, I think this guy will do an amazing job!!!

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  2. UUUhhhhhHhhHhhhhh...cool !!! I can't wait to see The Hobbit :)

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  3. Yeah, I actually got freaked too when Jackson said he would only produce and not direct The Hobbit, but then I felt relieved when I read Del Toro would be doing it (with Jackson and Boyens still writing the script). Shortly after I read an interview with him in which he stated he had dreamt of making this movie ever since he read the book as a child. He has a rather unique vision and I'm sure he'll make fit into the bigger picture of Tolkien's world. :o)

    Ooooh... I'm so looking forward to seeing Gandalf again!!! I hope they get this done asap before something happens to Ian McKellan... he's no spring chicken!!! :p

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Hey there! Yes you! The quiet one in the back... I'd love it if you hung out for a bit and shared your thoughts!

I might stop by your place with an answer, but I'm more likely to reply right here so click on "email follow up comments" if you'd like to see what I and others have to say and come continue the conversation! ;o)