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    Del Toro no longer directing The Hobbit

    By | May 30, 2010



    Straight from New Zealand, today comes word that Guillermo del Toro will no longer be directing The Hobbit.

    The film has been in heavy pre-production for the past couple of years and del Toro moved his family to reality’s Middle-Earth (New Zealand) several months ago. The announced came as a joint statement with Peter Jackson on TheOneRing.net just a short while ago.

    Guillermo del Toro:

    “In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming The Hobbit, I am faced with the hardest decision of my life. After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien’s Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures. I remain grateful to Peter, Fran and Philippa Boyens, New Line and Warner Brothers and to all my crew in New Zealand. I’ve been privileged to work in one of the greatest countries on earth with some of the best people ever in our craft and my life will be forever changed. The blessings have been plenty, but the mounting pressures of conflicting schedules have overwhelmed the time slot originally allocated for the project. Both as a co-writer and as a director, I wish the production nothing but the very best of luck and I will be first in line to see the finished product. I remain an ally to it and its makers, present and future, and fully support a smooth transition to a new director.”

    Peter Jackson:

    “We feel very sad to see Guillermo leave the Hobbit, but he has kept us fully in the loop and we understand how the protracted development time on these two films, due to reasons beyond anyone’s control – has compromised his commitment to other long term projects. The bottom line is that Guillermo just didn’t feel he could commit six years to living in New Zealand, exclusively making these films, when his original commitment was for three years. Guillermo is one of the most remarkable creative spirits I’ve ever encountered and it has been a complete joy working with him. Guillermo’s strong vision is engrained into the scripts and designs of these two films, which are extremely fortunate to be blessed with his creative DNA”.

    With MGM’s ownership up in the air, and since they still retain a percentage of the rights, The Hobbit as well as the 23rd James Bond movie are in an indefinite holding pattern until that major issue is resolved. Even though he’s leaving, del Toro will continue to co-write the screenplays with Jackson, Fran Walsh and Phillipa Boyens, with his design work already in the works. This will now put him back on track to move forward with his long list of future commitments, like movies for his novel series, The Strain, he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan..

    Depending on the fate of MGM, The Hobbit could begin filming as soon as this Fall, but a director will have to be placed in the meantime. Will it be Jackson himself?, Sam Raimi?, or someone who hasn’t been on the Tolkien radar?

    Click here to check out the full statement.

    Topics: News | 1 Comment »

    • brent

      wow, that’s shocking. what are they going to do now? start all over? sheesh.