But did he really leave The Hobbit after all that time just to sign on to a project he's never been linked to prior? Maybe I was wrong to assume Del Toro was sick of the production delays on the Lord of the Rings prequel because he had so many other films on his plate. While some of the bazillion things we've heard his name attached to have been things he's merely producing or co-writing, but haven't we all wished he would also take on directorial duties for them all? Besides, he is supposed to helm The Witches and Frankenstein and Jekyll and Hyde and Slaughterhouse Five and Drood and, and, and ... now Oz? I simply don't believe it.
Not anymore than I believe Jessica Simpson's starring in a Metroid movie.
But just as we had fun discussing who should now be at the helm of The Hobbit, maybe we can also have fun chiming in with which movie we'd most like Del Toro to make next. Should he get himself to Emerald City, or something he's had in the pipeline beforehand?