He's the leading fantasist of our age, and he hasn't even made The Hobbit(s) yet... Guillermo Del Toro is one man set to rule them all, and so heads up our Future 100.
"We are trying to make two films that flow with the trilogy but stand on their own" Del Toro told us recently.
If he pulls it off,
could see him showered with the kind of audience adulation and Oscar love experienced by Peter Jackson at the end of
He's already a cult hero thanks to his impressive body of work. Del Toro is a visual maestro who weaves operatic story with colourful characters and mysticism grounded in the recesses of basic human psychology.
If he can wrangle his way around a $300 million budget, a dragon named Smaug, a young Hobbit named Bilbo and one of the most beloved fantasy novels of all time, he might just achieve legend status.
We believe he will. And that's why he's our number one.
For a full interview with the man himself,
the latest issue of Total Film (160), on sale now.
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