Facial Hair Friday, Week 39

4 Jun

This week’s Facial Hair Friday is not really news.  It was announced on May 30th, and if you keep up with anything about movies you probably already know about it.  But, despite this being known for almost a week now, it is still heartbreaking.  And since we love to talk about heartbreaking things when they’re combined with Facial Hair (see last week’s picture of Tom Selleck without a mustache), we will discuss it here.

Peter Jackson (left) and Guillermo Del Toro (right)

As of May 30th, Guillermo Del Toro is no longer directing the two movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.  TheOneRing.net broke the news (you can read the whole story HERE) last weekend.  Apparently, with all the delays caused by MGM’s money troubles, an actual starting date for filming is still unknown.  And Del Toro, understandably, doesn’t feel that he can commit the next unknown number of years to this project.  He is still co-writing the screenplay, so that’s one bit of good news.

This brings up two interesting things to discuss.  Who do you want the new directer to be?  And, just as important, what do you want Guillermo Del Toro’s next project to be?  The first question is wide open.  I don’t think there has even been the slightest rumor yet.  The second question has a list as long as my arm attached to it.  Guillermo Del Toro has mentioned an unbelievable number of projects that he wants to take on.

One or both of these questions could potentially become a Top 5 List, but we thought we’d ask for opinions from anyone who has one.  Lara’s current top picks for the new director are Neill Blomkamp and Frank Oz, but that could change once she’s put some more thought into it.  I’m leaning towards Terry Gilliam or Luc Besson.

Please, give us your opinions on both of these questions.

Sad but Excited,



2 Responses to “Facial Hair Friday, Week 39”

  1. Josh H June 4, 2010 at 5:46 pm #

    Well, I think it’s still possible that Guillermo Del Toro could wind up directing these movies. If he stays closely involved, and a time line eventually is hammered out, he can come back and do the pictures in a couple of years. The statement released by MGM/del Torro along with the quote from Jackson makes me think this is possible.

    I’ve got no idea what he could take on next, something in a foreign that’s mystical and full of imagination with a dark slant, maybe some Russian myth.

    • iamhrothgar June 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm #

      He’s mentioned in the past that he wants to do H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness. That’s what I’m pulling for.

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