By Josh Rottenberg
July 23, 2010 at 10:54 PM EDT
Image Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesDuring a Comic-Con panel for the horror film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Guillermo del Toro (who wrote and produced the film) shared his hopes for the long-anticipated big-screen adaptation of The Hobbit, which he recently dropped out of directing. “As a fan, I hope those movies get made,” del Toro told the crowd. “And I hope to God Peter Jackson directs them. They’re beautiful and they’re needed in the world.” The filmmaker said that, in his two years of work prepping for the Hobbit films, “we completely designed 98 percent of the first movie” as well as about half of the second one. The status of the project is currently up in the air, but various reports have suggested that Jackson is strongly considering directing it. For his part, del Toro said he is going to announce a horror film he will direct “very soon” and also expressed his hopes to “do my version of Frankenstein as soon as possible.” He also said that in the next few months he will announce a horror anthology series he plans to produce for cable TV.

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