It’s a done deal. Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has signed on to direct the movie adaptation of “The Hobbit,” author J.R.R. Tolkien’s “prequel” to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

Del Toro is no stranger to movie fantasies, having made the Oscar-nominated 2006 feature “Pan’s Labyrinth.” And he’s adapted other people’s works before … including a pair of feature films based on writer/artist Mike Mignola’s comic book property “Hellboy.”

But he’s not Peter Jackson, who made the Oscar-winning “Rings” movie trilogy, so early reaction to this announcement has been a little mixed. Jackson is serving as a consultant and as executive producer. There’s no word yet on who is writing the adaptation.

Also, there are reports that “The Hobbit” will be broken into two movies, one of which will served as a “bridge” between this tale and the “Rings” trilogy.

I’m a del Toro fan and am excited to see what his unique vision for this material will be. Your thoughts?

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