Earlier this month, director Guillermo del Torotalked about his open mind towards tackling The Hobbit, and how he was also interested in helming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now The Hollywood Reporter has posted that del Toro, whose name has been on the Hobbit shortlist for a while, is in official talks to direct the two J.R.R. Tolkien installments. The Pan's Labyrinth director will most likely come away with the two gigs in his pocket, and really, is there anyone better (Jackson aside)?

If he signs on the dotted line, the push will then be to get a script together -- something that has to wait until the strike is resolved (or an interim agreement is made). Then, both del Toro and Peter Jackson will oversee the writing, and try to get things ready for the tentative starting date in 2009 -- with a hefty $150 million price tag attached to each film. The first would hopefully bow in 2010, with the second in 2011.

Personally, I get anxious every time I hear that a script is going to be "fast-tracked," so I'm sort of hoping that they take a little more time with this. If they do, that could also possibly leave del Toro free to jump into Deathly Hallows, which would be all sorts of sweet. Stay tuned!
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