“We’re talking. Utilizing the materials that are available to us, and the discipline has been to try and, from my part, know everything else. Not to know it and use it, but to know it and not step on those things.
“There is enough narrative abridgement and some other pieces of narrative and suggestions and appendix notes and this and that to guide and create something that will not infringe anything else. But it’s too early for me to swear by it. I think that that’s the real creative endeavor on the second film.”
About The Hobbit, del Toro continued:
“The real creative endeavor is to be faithful to the feel and the drive of the book and the spirit of the book. I think a lot of people say, ‘Oh, it’s a children’s book.’ And I say, ‘Therefore, it should be taken seriously.’
“The way I see it, I see the … five films–provided that we do everything right–as a symphony. And I believe that what I’m doing is an overture. And therefore it can be a different color and a different energy and lead you into something that is already a filming legacy, you know? That all we got to do is create an almost free-standing piece that can then, if viewed together, make sense as a symphonic work. … If the two first pieces are crafted with their independent merit, but also the second film does lead seamlessly into the first film of the trilogy, we will have created perhaps one of the most beautiful symphonies filmically that have been done. And the level of craftsmanship which we were talking about–that I like to bring and what I like to do–is obsessively detailed, and … the idea that I’m going to have the tools that existed … I’m ready.”
Certainly sounds as though he’s determined to make 2 films that will be movies very much like LOTR, but that have their own strands of cinematic melodies and harmonies (to continue his metaphor). I, for one, am looking forward to it!