When word came last month that "Hellboy" director Guillermo del Toro was eyeing a voyage to Middle-earth, loyal fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's lengendarium reacted with general approval and glee. If they couldn't have Peter Jackson, then here, at least, was the next best thing.
You know what? Frodo himself agrees.
"I think [Guillermo's] the perfect choice," "Lord of the Rings" star Elijah Wood told MTV News. "I think he would certainly honor the previous work that Peter had done."
For Wood, and others like Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin and Cate Blanchett, that was precisely the issue that held up their promised involvement with "The Hobbit" — again and again actors from the original trilogy told us they would only come back with Jackson's blessing and involvement.
Now with the tag team of Jackson and del Toro seemingly together at last after an arduous court battle held up filming, that shouldn't be a problem, Wood said, reiterating his enthusiasm to return to the world of the Shire.
"He hasn't [talked to me yet about coming back], no. I think they're just literally trying to figure it all out and work out who's gonna do it and who's gonna write it, but if it happens [that they want me]?" Wood said. "I'd certainly [return]."
As the men of Gondor say to Frodo: "Praise him. Praise him with great praise."
But what do you think? Agree or disagree with Wood, sound off on Guillermo directing "The Hobbit" below.