This is a major setback for the planned film version of J.R.R Tolkien‘s The Hobbit, something Lord of The Rings junkies have been looking forward to for years. Production delays have forced director Guillermo del Toro to quit the two-part prequel to Peter Jackson‘s LOTR trilogy.
He stated, “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.” He added, “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.” Apparently the film still hadn’t been given the go-ahead by MGM.
Del Toro will continue to co-write the screenplays with Jackson and his wife, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens. But there’s no directing to be done because, he said, “There cannot be any start dates until the MGM situation gets resolved. They do hold a considerable portion of the rights.”
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