McKellan To Quit Hobbit?

July 5, 2010 by  
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gandalf300Can you imagine The Hobbit without Sir Ian McKellan playing Gandalf? No, neither can we, but that eventuality could come to pass if film execs don’t pull their fingers out and get a move on with the most highly-anticipated movie of the next decade.

“I’m not under contract and my time is running out and I’m enjoying working in the theatre and frankly, I would like to race after doing Waiting For Godot, get on with doing another play but we’ll have to see. I don’t give the producers the impression that I’m sitting waiting,” the actor told Bleeding Cool.

He also indictaed that an announcement from the makers of The Lord Of The Rings prequel is imminent, but that he was in the dark as to what it would be. “What it will be, I genuinely don’t know – it’ll either be that we’re going ahead or that we’re not.”

The Hobbit has been plagued by production problems over the last few months. The departure of director Guillermo del Toro and co-financier MGM’s solvency issues have delayed a movie that could conceivably have been beginning shooting this summer. There have also been reports that LOTR director Peter Jackson is negotiating a return to the franchise after initially rejecting overtures from the studio.

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