Guillermo del Toro seems unable to put a foot wrong. As used to hearing the ker-ching of box office tills as he is the ringing endorsement of critics, the personable Mexican has been embraced by both the arthouse set and popcorn-munching masses, thanks to films such as Mimic, The Devil's Backbone, Blade II and the Oscar-winning Pan's Labyrinth
Such is Del Toro's standing that he has now been handed the reins on two prequels to Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy:The Hobbit, and a second movie designed to bridge the gap between Tolkien's seminal Middle-Earth novel and Jackson's first LOTR instalment.
But if you think this means studios are falling over themselves to fund all things Del Toro, you're wrong. When he began looking for backing for Hellboy II: The Golden Army, the sequel to his 2004 cult hit, Hellboy, he hit a brick wall. Actually, several brick walls.
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