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Guillermo del Toro hasn't even written the screenplay for The Hobbit yet and the press has already moved on to his future projects. He is attached to a Frankenstein remake, which would be to him what King Kong was to Peter Jackson.
GDT Talks Frankenstein and The Hobbit
"One of the things I love about Frankenstein is that the incarnations can vary so greatly," del Toro said. "The greatest soulless monster of Frankenstein has always been Christopher Lee because when he stares at you, there's really nobody home. It's literally one of the scariest moments I remember as a kid. I thought, 'Oh my God, this thing is not human.' And the opposite, the complete polar opposite is Boris Karloff who is more human than humans."
Del Toro intends to portray his monster both ways. "I think that we're going to go both ways. So you will have both those vibes in the piece."
As The Hobbit plows through preproduction, del Toro is starting to think of some of the film's signature monsters. He considers Smog to be THE creature of the film.
"There is some stuff that has been done with dragons but I find there are very few landmarks created for me. One of the best, one of the strongest landmarks that almost nobody can overcome is Dragonslayer. The design of the Vermithrax Pejorative is perhaps one of the most perfect creature designs ever made."
Smog need not reinvent the wheel, but it has to be Tolkien. "What you have to be careful is not to try to be distinctive just to be distinctive, but Smog has certain characteristics that make him unique already. I cannot. I am bursting at the seams about spilling the beans but I won't because I would be shot."