quote:While I am a big del Toro fan he could never be called, "just about the most sought after director in the industry." He's never had a big hit and his films are too eclectic.
The reason I put it like that was he was tapped to direct The Hobbit and spent years of his life working on it, then bowed out. This. Crimson Peak and Beauty and the Beast both of which WB is rumored to be paying huge sums of money for and giving del Toro final cut (likely 'R' rating).
When a studio has a director-less moderately-big to very-big budget project, that they want to be good, especially roughly related to the fantasy genre, I cannot think of another director they go to first right now.