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Guillermo del Toro talks about The Hobbit – What will Smaug look like?

Posted by LiveFor on November 6, 2009

Guillermo del Toro has been talking to Total Film about his work with Peter Jackson on the adaption of The Hobbitpeter-jackson-del-toro. He mentions what we can expect to see in the film, what extras they are adding and touches on the designs of the creatures including Smaug.

However, there is still no word on who’ll be playing Bilbo or how Ron Perlman will appear.

“I was calmly laying out the next decade of my life when The Hobbit appeared,” he laughs. “I was preparing all these things and all of a sudden The Hobbit shows up and takes over my life.”

“We are respecting the structure established by Professor Tolkien because the order of the adventures in The Hobbit is well known to generations and generations of kids. You don’t want to be moving stuff like that.

But we will be integrating Gandalf’s comings and goings because he does disappear in the book quite often.

So, as opposed to the book, we see where he goes and what happens to him.”

The main thing I want to know is what will the creatures of Middle Earth look like in the new films (it will be in two parts in case you didn’t know).

“The way I phrased it to Weta, I said we would keep the DNA in the same gene pool as the Rings trilogy, but that we would generate a different type of character. For example, in the trilogy most of the creatures are brutish or inarticulate.

In The Hobbit, the creatures speak: Smaug has beautiful lines of dialogue; the Great Goblin has beautiful lines of dialogue; many creatures do. So we had to design them with a different approach because you are not just designing things that are scary.

I also wanted some of the monsters in The Hobbit to be majestic.

I wanted the Wargs to have a certain beauty so that you don’t have a massively clear definition: what is beautiful is good and what is ugly is not. Some of the monsters are absolutely gorgeous.

I think one of the designs I’m the proudest of is Smaug. Obviously he took the longest.

It’s actually still active: we’re finishing his colour palette and a little bit of the texture. But the bulk of the design took about a year, solid. It’s because of the unique features of the dragon.

Early in production I came up with a very strong idea that would separate Smaug from every other dragon ever made. The problem was implementing that idea. But I think we’ve nailed it.”

I wonder how Smaug will be different from any other dragon. Can’t wait to see some images from the film.

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Guillermo del Toro talks about The Hobbit, casting and Smaug

Posted by LiveFor on November 13, 2008

One of the busiest men in Hollywood, Guillermo del Toro, is currently writing both Hobbit films. He has given an update on where they are.

He talks about when they will start the casting process, and also what creatures we can expect to see.

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Guillermo del Toro is busy writing both Hobbit films. But he has taken time out to give an update on what’s going on. First up he has reiterated that no casting will take place until after the script has finished.

Literally, like every week, what you discover writing the two movies, writing the two stories, it changes. So, every week there’s a discovery, and anything we say this week would be contradicted next week. Certainly that would be true in casting. Why create hopes or why create expectations if down the line you’re going to go, ‘You know what? That was not a good idea.’

At least we won’t have loads of casting rumours for a while yet. del Toro also told Coming Soon that there are new creatures to be explored in the next two films. And he plans on using techniques used in Hellboy II.

We want to do a muscle-driven, radio-controlled suits for a couple of things. I already started that with Wink in ‘Hellboy II.’ Wink was pushed as far as we could within the time limits and the budget limits of the movie and we’re going to take what we learned and apply it.

For The Hobbit though he is concentrating on Smaug, and sounds excited about what they have planned.

Smaug is the creature in ‘The Hobbit.’ The way Tolkien wrote it, already, is magnificent. It’s already a fantastic character. So, obviously, dragons, you ask every person what their best favorite dragon is, they will give you a different answer. In my mind, what we’re going to attempt on the design of this creature and the creation of this creature needs to push the envelope beyond anything you’ve ever seen on that kind of creature.

There is some stuff that has been done with dragons that I find… there are very few landmarks created for me. One of the best and one of the strongest landmarks that almost nobody can overcome is ‘Dragonslayer.’ The design of the Vermithrax Pejorative is perhaps one of the most perfect creature designs ever made. So, what you have to be careful is not to try to be distinctive just to be distinctive, but Smaug has certain characteristics that make him unique already. I am bursting at the seams about spilling the beans, but I won’t because I would be shot

Source: Filmstalker

Here is the dragon from Dragon Slayer that he mentions. It is an amazing dragon.

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