Guillermo Del Toro Quits The Hobbit
Visionary director Guillermo Del Toro has shelved his directing duties for two The Lord Of The Rings prequels. The films have been beset by financial difficulties and funding of late and apparently conflicts with scheduling were the last straw for the Mexican director.
“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.”
He continued, “The blessings have been plenty, but the mounting pressures of conflicting schedules have overwhelmed the time slot originally allocated for the project”. Del Toro would have to commit to six years living in New Zealand instead of the initially allocated three and that was apparently too much of a strain.
Del Toro will still continue to write the screenplay with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh but the directing chair is now vacant. Who could step into the breach? Could this mark a return to form for Peter Jackson or will this be an opportunity for some as yet untested new blood?