IGN is reporting that “Pan’s Labyrinth” director Guillermo del Toro has been signed to direct “The Hobbit.”
The “Hellboy” director will work with Peter Jackson, who directed the three “Lord of the Rings” films. Jackson will stay on as executive producer of the two planned “Hobbit” films. The announcement was made at the French premiere of the Spanish film “The Orphanage,” which was produced by del Toro.
Production is expected to begin in 2009.