Monday, March 22, 2010

"Fresh Look" Expected for The Hobbit Films

According to The Hobbit Art Designer Richard Taylor, expect a new look for the two The Hobbit films as they will bear the stamp of director Guillermo del Toro rather than the look Peter Jackson established for THe Lord of the Rings Trilogy. In a new article with the AP, Taylor briefly talks about working with the directors on the trilogy and the Hobbit. designer Richard Taylor, says he thinks his friend gave up the director's chair "probably because he's spent so long in Middle Earth ... and probably felt a director such as Guillermo could bring something passionate and unique and original and new to the content for the sake of the fans," referring to the imaginary world where the novels are set.

"It's an absolute delight to be working with Guillermo Del Toro. We've all enjoyed his craft as seen in 'Pan's Labyrinth' and the 'Hellboy' movies. His unique aesthetic and storytelling style brings a lovely aesthetic to the world and one we're enjoying being part of," Taylor told The Associated Press on Monday in Hong Kong, where he is attending a digital entertainment conference at the technology park Cyberport.

The Weta Workshop president said his team has started designing the landscape and characters in "The Hobbit," but that he was unclear when shooting on the New Line Cinema production will start in New Zealand.

"We're just patiently waiting for it to begin. It's been in early development for a while. I'm sure it will get going some time soon," Taylor said.

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