Director Guillermo del Toro was at one time attached to helm The Hobbit prequels, however, creative differences and scheduling eventually led to del Toro pursuing other projects. The Pacific Rim director is an unabashedly huge fan of Tolkien's master fantasy work so it's interesting to hear his take on Game of Thrones vs Lord of the Rings, which he addressed in his recent Reddit AMA
"I think that I have rarely been as transported in a movie theater as I was when I saw the Fellowship of the Ring unfold on the screen. I consider Peter Jackson one of the most gifted directors ever to tackle the fantasy genre. I believe that Game of Thrones, however, operates at a different level within arguably, the same genre. Game of Thrones has a social and sexual complexity that makes it a very different cutting-edge post-Vietnam Era fantasy story that deals with not only an impending enemy, or the purity of evil, but the relative evil that lurks within the hearts of all mankind. Therefore, tonally, I think that the works of Tolkien provides a completely different experience to Game of Thrones, but they are both masterworks of world creation."
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