EXCLUSIVE: Guillermo Del Toro Rules Out Directing ‘Hobbit’ Bridge Film

The journey of J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” to the big screen has taken yet another turn, MTV News has exclusively learned. For quite a while after Guillermo del Toro signed on to direct the adaptation, there had been talk that the project would actually consist of two films, one based fully on the source material and one so-called “bridge” film that would connect “Hobbit” to Peter Jackson’s “Lord Of The Rings” trilogy. Jackson and del Toro have since confirmed that “Hobbit” will simply be split up into two films.

So what of the “bridge” film? Guillermo del Toro has told MTV News that he has ruled out directing the project after his commitment to the two “Hobbit” films.

“I’m doing only two movies because I felt that that was the best way to service the book,” the director said. “I’m not saying the other notion was not discussed. We discussed it a large degree. But I felt that for me, the two films were the way to go.”

Del Toro explained that the decision to split the book in half stemmed from the sprawling nature of Tolkien’s tome and, he said, the “White Council or the Dol Guldur additions.”

The director has also settled on where exactly the first film will end and the second will begin. “When you read the book, there is only one place to break it really,” he said. “And everybody knows it. It’s been discussed in forums and there’s a lot of people that are right. That’s where it’s going to break. So it’s very simple.

“What we’re doing is because we have the relationship between Bilbo and Thorin and all the dwarves, there is a logical place for that relationship,” del Toro continued. “There is a moment in the book where something is accomplished that allows us to say, ‘Okay, on to the next one after this.’”

Do you think del Toro and Jackson should break “The Hobbit” into two films or make the second movie a bridge to “LOTR”? If a bridge film is made in the future, which director would be a good fit to helm the project?