There is no denying an uncanny similarity between Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro. Aside from their obvious similarities in appearance, the two share a similar aesthetic when it comes to the fantasy genre (just compare The Two Towers to Pan’s Labyrinth to see what I mean). Therefore it should come as no surprise that Del Toro, director of last year’s masterpiece El Laberinto del Fauna (aka Pan’s Labyrinth), has been brought in for the two-part film of Tolkien’s fantasy adventure and prequel to Lord of the Rings – The Hobbit. Jackson, who until recently has been in legal dispute with New Line Cinema, will remain within the franchise and serve as executive producer to the films. Del Toro made the announcement at last night’s French premiere of The Orphanage, a Spanish horror film that he helped produce.
The Orphanage can be seen at Cineworld Monday February 18th as part of the 2008 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.