That Del Toro is going to be "checked" by the visual or production style of the LOTR in his process. Now I do believe he will be "inspired" by them...and thus we will get some nods to how PJ carried on his films...but I do not believe him when he says juxtaposing his and PJ visions will be so smooth, that it'll take "retropect" to notice them. He wasn't brought in on this project to be a PJ clone...they could've gotten that from elsewhere, and for far less. Moreover, I would be shocked if he caved in his principles to suit "Peter's vision", and moreover, I'd be even more shocked if PJ asked him to. I think if anyone wants to see "the same movie" on screen more then the fans, it's New Line...and we all know the love affair PJ has with them. Finally, how can he possibly know what elements he can change and which ones should stay true to the LOTR depiction? These are not simple movies...the complexity and the divergent parts have fans all over the spectrum... change the costumes...change the camera work...change the timing of scenes...change the amount of hair on a hobbit's feet...who knows...you change one, and it's a drastic alteration for somebody on this planet. Now, I've said it before...I'm not dooming this film because it's not "peter Jackson directs the Hobbit"...Del Toro could do a fabulous job...I like his work...but for him to essentially say "I'll be compromising my dreams and vision for this project to keep people from jumping off buildings" is just talk...it's the right thing to say at this stage. He comes back in 2011 and says before it hits theaters that he's worked painstakingly to keep in step with PJ, then I'll be more affected by this statement...shocked beyond belief more likely. The mantra should be "give him a chance" not "nothing will change"...but then, people have no tolerance...especially rabid fanboys. Oh how I wish GL had handed over the chair on AOTC and ROTS...but then, those poor suckers would probably be living in agony today.