There was a veritable feast for geek senses on the ‘net tubes today. I’m not sure which I enjoyed more: a preview of the new Wolverine and The X-Men cartoon set to the sweet, rockin’ chords of the Foo Fighters, or the new red band trailer for Forgetting Sarah Marshall, featuring Kristen Bell simulating enthusiastic, gymnastic sex.
Ha, ha, just kidding. You know which one I enjoyed more. Four or five times. Right before I took a cold, cold shower.
(By the way, if that Wolverine cartoon is appropriate for children ages six-to-twelve–as the site would have you believe–then Viagra is the perfect choice for treating arthritis in 98-year-old dudes with heart conditions.)
Speaking of geeky treats for the senses (now that’s a transition, folks!), last week the internets pulsed with rumors that geek icon Guillermo del Toro will be directing the two-film adaption of The Hobbit. He reminded us over the weekend that negotiations haven’t concluded, but his gig at the helm of this super-prequel looks like a lock.
You know del Toro. He’s the dude who brought you the Hellboy movies, Pan’s Labyrinth, Mimic (a.k.a., Mira Sorvino’s last attempt at a career before the coffin-nailer of The Replacement Killers), and Blade II. Not to mention a couple of Spanish-language spookers, The Devil’s Backbone and The Orphanage (as producer). Basically, if you’re looking for a high-grade, creature-driven fantasy flick, he’s your man.
Makes him sound like a perfect fit for the Hobbit project, doesn’t it? I’m not so sure.
The biggest budget he’s ever had for a film, as far as I can tell, was $66 million for the first Hellboy. For the visionary Pan’s Labyrinth, he spent a mere $19 million. He excels at creating films rich with story and visuals with relatively small budgets. In fact, smaller budgets seem to squeeze the creativity out of him. Is anyone else just a little concerned that the outlandish budget that will undoubtedly accompany the Hobbit films will stifle his creativity?
Meanwhile, his movies tend toward the horror-fantasy genre. His trademark work features imaginatively creepy creatures. While the Tolkien books certainly include spooky or e-e-e-e-ville beasts and beings, the stories as a whole aren’t really meant to be scary. They’re the purist form of epic fantasy adventures. Which brings me to a final point: del Toro doesn’t really do epic.
Listen. I’m a fan of the man (can’t wait for Hellboy 2!) and hope that The Hobbit provides the platform he needs to take his craft to the next level. Nothing would make me happier. (Except a viewing of Kristen Bell simulating enthusiastic, gymnastic sex on the big screen.) But for now I’m taking a wait-and-see approach. No premature giddy celebration from this fanboy.
What say you?