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Guillermo Del Toro no longer directing “The Hobbit”

Posted by on June 1, 2010 at 8:49 PM EST

guillermo del toro the hobbitIn a chain of events that unraveled over the weekend, Guillermo Del Toro has announced that he will no longer be directing “The Hobbit”.

After two-years of pre-production on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings prequel, “The Hobbit”, Del Toro was faced with a tough decision. Guillermo just could not commit six years of his life to finish the two-part film directed by Peter Jackson.

Guillermo who is known for such films as “Pans Labyrinth” and “Hell Boy” looked at his role in directing “The Hobbit” as a chance of a lifetime. However, that opportunity was slowly clouded by money troubles at the production studio MGM and inevitable delays on the project. Guillermo explained the situation to The One Ring on Saturday and here is a little of what he had to say:

“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”, says Guillermo. “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”.

We wish Guillermo the best of luck on his future endeavors and are rest assured that producer Peter Jackson will find a replacement director. The Hobbit will be shot as two films and the first of the two is still on track to be released in December of 2012.



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