Following Friday’s report of yet another delay to the start of The Hobbit Guillermo Del Toro has announced he will no longer be directing the two movies although he will still be involved for the next few months in the co-writing with Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh.
He made is announcement to The One Ring earlier today by saying the following:
“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 wlsh 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 thanked the efforts and input made by GDT and blamed the on going delays for his departure from the directors chair.
“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” Said Jackson.
So what now for The Hobbit movies? It was only 2 days ago in the post about the delay to the start of shooting caused by the MGM situation that I asked how long could two of the worlds most in demand movie makers hang around waiting for someone to buy MGM?
In the case of Guillermo Del Toro we now know the answer to be a couple of months while the scripts are polished off.
Personally I’m sad to see him go. His interviews throughout have always shown him to be an enthusiastic fan of Middle Earth and he has always come across as someone aware of the need to keep faith with the book.
So here we go again! Who’s up for the biggest directors job of the decade? Will Peter Jackson now attempt to fit them into his hectic schedule once they have an idea of when shooting will start?
Who would you like to see in the hot seat?